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Setting up cron in Ubuntu is simple enough as described in the Ubuntu wiki. But what they don’t mention is that by default cron uses /bin/sh for its SHELL env variable. That may cause a problem if you try to set up a bash script in cron. To prevent that from happening, you need to define the SHELL variable for your user crontab to point to /bin/bash.

In the console type:

crontab -e

Add the following line at the top:


Your crontab should look something like this:

# m h  dom mon dow   command
*/5 * * * * /usr/local/bin/my_bash_script


Written by anonir

October 13, 2009 at 15:45

Posted in bash, Linux, Ubuntu

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