I'm using a script which is working in Stand alone and is not working through the cron job .

qexma1@test:bin> head -n 10 test.sh
declare -r PATH='/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin'
source $AEM_CONFIG/aem-wrap.conf

Cron Job :

qexma1@test:bin> crontab -l | grep aem-test.sh
01 15 * * * bin/test.sh -b ; touch bin/crontest.txt;

Flag :

qexma1@test:bin> ll bin/ | grep cron
-rw-r--r--  1 qexma1 abc   0 Nov 11 15:01 crontest.txt

Flag file got created crontest.txt but script didn't get executed. Permissions 0755

  • Suggest you replace /global/appaem/aem/bin/aem-test.sh -b with /global/appaem/aem/bin/aem-test.sh -b >/tmp/mylog 2>&1 and then update question with the output recorded in /tmp/mylog. Where/how are you expecting $AEM_CONFIG to be getting initialised ?
    – steve
    Nov 11, 2016 at 14:10
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    $AEM_CONFIG is a Environment variable and part of a script
    – robotTech
    Nov 11, 2016 at 14:12

1 Answer 1


As the output to stderr is as below, it means variable $AEM_CONFIG is not getting set. That is why the job fails.

/global/appaem/aem/bin/aem-test.sh: line 5: /aem-wrap.conf: No such file or directory

To fix the issue, revise the script to source the relevant file that sets $AEM_CONFIG.

As you point out the variable is defined in .bashrc, see cron ignores variables defined in “.bashrc” and “.bash_profile”. You need to add a line such as source ~/.bashrc into your script. Example:

declare -r PATH='/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin'
source ~/.bashrc
source $AEM_CONFIG/aem-wrap.conf
  • any idea why environment variable is not being picked $AEM_CONFIG??
    – robotTech
    Nov 11, 2016 at 14:40
  • Where/how are you expecting $AEM_CONFIG to be getting initialised ? It is not initialised and set to any value in the script info seen so far.
    – steve
    Nov 11, 2016 at 14:54
  • It's environment var. configured under .bashrc echo $AEM_CONFIG /global/appaem/aem/etc/aem-config
    – robotTech
    Nov 11, 2016 at 15:02
  • .bashrc is not run via cron. Answer revised to make this clear and offer solution.
    – steve
    Nov 11, 2016 at 17:17

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