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I have a RHEL 6 server without any internet access that is missing a cron installation.

I am tyring to install crontabs like this but i get this error:

[root@netsrvr01 cron.d]# rpm -ivh /Downloads/crontabs-1.10-33.el6.noarch.rpm
warning: /Downloads/crontabs-1.10-33.el6.noarch.rpm: Header V3 RSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID c105b9de: NOKEY
error: Failed dependencies:
        /etc/cron.d is needed by crontabs-1.10-33.el6.noarch
[root@netsrvr01 cron.d]# Error: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'sendline'

What does it mean /etc/cron.d is needed? I do have those directories and I am logged in as root. Unfortunately i don't have a similar machine I can use yum downloader for either.

Edit: RPM contents:

[root@netsrvr01 Downloads]# rpm -qpl /Downloads/crontabs-1.10-33.el6.noarch.rpm
warning: /Downloads/crontabs-1.10-33.el6.noarch.rpm: Header V3 RSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID c105b9de: NOKEY
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Can you provide the contents of this RPM? rpm -qpl /Downloads/crontabs-1.10-33.el6.noarch.rpm. – slm Jun 17 '13 at 19:11
@slm rpm contents have been added. thank you for your help – Quinma Jun 17 '13 at 19:53
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Idea #1 - directory already exists

Try running the command rpm -Uvh --test /Downloads/crontabs-1.10-33.el6.noarch.rpm first to see if it reports anything out of the ordinary. If not then do an upgrade of this package instead of an install.

I believe it's complaining because this directory already exists, but it's unclear by whom. On my CentOS 6 boxes this directory shows as being owned by the package cronie.

$ rpm -qf /etc/cron.d

When I look at the contents of the crontabs package I see the following content:

$ repoquery -l crontabs

Notice there is no /etc/cron.d. If you run the following command however you'll see that crontabs requires the following resources:

$ rpm -qp --requires crontabs-1.10-33.el6.noarch.rpm 
config(crontabs) = 1.10-33.el6
rpmlib(CompressedFileNames) <= 3.0.4-1
rpmlib(FileDigests) <= 4.6.0-1
rpmlib(PayloadFilesHavePrefix) <= 4.0-1
rpmlib(PayloadIsXz) <= 5.2-1

Idea #2 - verify cronie package

So this is where the requirement is coming from. I would run the following command to confirm that the package cronie is correctly installed:

$ rpm -V cronie --verbose
.........    /etc/cron.d
.........    /etc/cron.d/0hourly
.........  c /etc/cron.deny
.........  c /etc/pam.d/crond
.........    /etc/rc.d/init.d/crond
.........  c /etc/sysconfig/crond
.........    /usr/bin/crontab
.........    /usr/sbin/crond
.........    /usr/share/doc/cronie-1.4.4
.........  d /usr/share/doc/cronie-1.4.4/AUTHORS
.........  d /usr/share/doc/cronie-1.4.4/COPYING
.........  d /usr/share/doc/cronie-1.4.4/ChangeLog
.........  d /usr/share/doc/cronie-1.4.4/INSTALL
.........  d /usr/share/doc/cronie-1.4.4/README
.........  d /usr/share/man/man1/crontab.1.gz
.........  d /usr/share/man/man5/crontab.5.gz
.........  d /usr/share/man/man8/cron.8.gz
.........  d /usr/share/man/man8/crond.8.gz
.........    /var/spool/cron
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@Quinma - see additions to my answer. – slm Jun 17 '13 at 20:06
@Quinma - If you want you can get the installation disk and just manually scp the crontabs file to your remote server. – slm Jun 17 '13 at 20:08
@Quinma - what was the actual issue? – slm Jun 17 '13 at 20:11
idea #2 is the issue, cronie is not installed correctly and I need to use the idea from #1 in order to get that installed correctly. This server is a mess and your shared knowledge on package resources will help me get to the bottom of it. – Quinma Jun 17 '13 at 20:17

If you have the installation disc, you may want to try to do a repair if the disc provides that feature. Or, you may try to install all of the cron packages from the installation disc.

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That is a good answer, unfortunately in my case the server is remote – Quinma Jun 17 '13 at 19:55

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