I have a cron job:

fn=db.backup.$(date +%m-%d-%y).sql
mysqldump -uMyUsr -pMyPass --add-drop-table dbName> $fn
find ./ -name '*.Z' -type f -mtime +7 -exec rm -f {} \;

I get an error:

/backup.sh: line 3: db.backup.10-24-12.sql: Permission denied
db.backup.10-24-12.sql: No such file or directory
find: ./conf: Permission denied
find: ./pd: Permission denied

It looks like whatever process is running cron doesn't have permissions to create a file or to run 'find' command.

  • what are the permissions of the directory it is running in? – h3rrmiller Oct 24 '12 at 13:35
  • the backup.sh is running in 'sqlbackup' directory that has 777 or rwx for all. – dev.e.loper Oct 24 '12 at 13:37

you should use:

fn=/full/path/to/db.backup.$(date +%m-%d-%y).sql


cd /full/path/to/

before you export the database

unless your cronjob looks like:

* * * * * cd /full/path/to && backup.sh
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