Sep 102008
 

Everytime you edit your crontabe file, the error “Your “crontab” on <server> unexpected end of line. This entry has been ignored” is sent to the users email. This happens if there is a blank line in your crontab file.


For instance, in the following crontab file there is a blank line between the last two cron jobs.

root@sunsolaris# crontab -l
# The root crontab should be used to perform accounting data collection.
#
# The rtc command is run to adjust the real time clock if and when
# daylight savings time changes.
#
10 1 * * 0,4 /etc/cron.d/logchecker
10 2 * * 0  /usr/lib/newsyslog
15 3 * * 0 /usr/lib/fs/nfs/nfsfind

30 4 * * * /usr/local/bin/disk_check,sh
;;;;
;;;
;;
;

To resolve the problem edit the crontab file and look for the blank line and delete the line. In the above, after editing the crontab, it should look lie the follows:

root@sunsolaris# crontab -l
# The root crontab should be used to perform accounting data collection.
#
# The rtc command is run to adjust the real time clock if and when
# daylight savings time changes.
#
10 1 * * 0,4 /etc/cron.d/logchecker
10 2 * * 0  /usr/lib/newsyslog
15 3 * * 0 /usr/lib/fs/nfs/nfsfind
30 4 * * * /usr/local/bin/disk_check,sh
;;;
;;
;

You can see the  blank line removed from the crontab file.

  One Response to “Error: Your “crontab” on unexpected end of line. This entry has been ignored”

  1. Thanks buddy.

    this helped me. The weird thing is it happened in some of my servers, not all of them

    Alex

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