[colug-432] Where do cron jobs store their generated stdout while running?

Curtis Smith smith.3383 at osu.edu
Tue Feb 9 23:32:58 EST 2010

I believe cronjobs use $HOME of the user running the cronjob as the
current working directory.  So, look in / or /root (or the home dir
for the user that owns the cronjob).


On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 10:19 PM, Rob Stampfli <res at colnet.cmhnet.org> wrote:
> A stupid question, the answer of which has proved to be more elusive
> than I would have first thought:  When a cron job completes, its stdout
> and stderr are emailed to the user running the job.  I have a job
> that runs for a prolonged period of time and for which I'd occasionally
> like to review its output while it is in progress, but I can't figure
> out where to look for it.  The executable itself is sending its output
> to a pipe.  There appears to be no file in /tmp or /var/tmp that is
> accumulating this data, but it must be stored somewhere until the job
> completes.  Anyone know where?
> FWIW, I'm running Ubuntu 9.04 (on an ARM processor, not that I believe
> that the hardware is germane to this query).
> Thanks in advance,
> Rob
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