I have a cron job that is scheduled to run everyday, other than changing the schedule, is there any other way to do a test run of the command right now to see if it works as intended?
As far as i know there is no way to directly do that as cron has a special purpose - running schedules commands at a specific time. So the best thing is to either to manually create a crontab entry or write a script which removes and resets the environment.
You can force the crontab to run with following command:
You can simulate the cron user environment as explained in "Running a cron job manually and immediately". This will allow you to test the job works when it would be run as the cron user.
Excerpt from link:
Step 1: I put this line temporarily in the user's crontab:
* * * * * /usr/bin/env > /home/username/tmp/cron-env
then took it out once the file was written.
Step 2: Made myself a little run-as-cron bash script containing:
#!/bin/bash /usr/bin/env -i $(cat /home/username/tmp/cron-env) "$@"
So then, as the user in question, I was able to
run-as-cron /the/problematic/script --with arguments --and parameters