Cronned newsyslog problem

alex dyas adyas at
Thu May 2 13:04:03 BST 2002

Paul Civati wrote:
> alex dyas <adyas at> wrote:
>>I have the following line in my root crontab :
>>0 0 * * * /usr/sbin/newsyslog -f /etc/newsyslog.conf > /dev/null 2>&1
>>which works a treat, except that I keep getting mail that it has failed 
>>for some files :
>>My problem is not that it can't see the files, but that I get the mail 
>>at all.  I thought the 2>&1 would redirect standard error to /dev/null? 
>>  This has always worked in the past with other crontab entries.
> Try switching the redirects around, ie. "2>&1 >/dev/null", I've never
> got around to investigating why that may be, but I'm sure there's a
> technical explanation for it.   I guess they are processed in order!

This makes sense, ie redirect standard error to standard out, then to 

I have an idea I've already tried this, but I'll give it another go.


-= alex dyas - webmaster - twowaytv - uk =-

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