cronjobs query

Chris Grau chris at
Sun Nov 30 07:09:19 UTC 2003

On Sun, Nov 30, 2003 at 04:38:28AM +0000, Craig Tinson wrote:
> hey guys.. quick question.. thought I had this figured but i must be 
> missing something
> I have the following in /etc/crontab
> 0-59/5 * * * * root /usr/bin/mrtg /usr/share/toaster/mrtg/qmailmrtg.cfg 
> 2>&1 > /dev/null
> I was under the impression that the "2>&1 > /dev/null" would quit crond 
> sending root an email with the results of the cron job..
> but I'm still getting mails every 5 mins.. how can I get it to just kill 
> the output?

You need to switch the order of the redirection operators:

	... >/dev/null 2>&1

Without going into too much detail, you need to redirect stderr to
stdout AFTER you've already redirected stdout to a file (or a device in
this case).


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