Is it possible to make commands in crontab run with bash instead of sh? I know you can pass commands to bash with -c, but that's annoying and I never use sh anyway.

  • don't really know what you're doing (not familiar with cron) but if you are running a script then adding a shebang to it should work, not sure if I am correct. – Alvin Wong Oct 11 '13 at 17:18

You should be able to set the environment variable prior to the cron job running:

5 0 * * *       $HOME/bin/daily.job >> $HOME/tmp/out 2>&1
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    is it possible to also make it read .bashrc? – Fluffy Oct 10 '13 at 15:46
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    @Fluffy .bashrc is - by definition - for interactive shells; so when started via cron, bash will only read this file if it is an interactive shell. – umläute Oct 10 '13 at 16:03
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    I was able to make it read bashrc by adding BASH_ENV="/root/.bashrc". Thanks – Fluffy Oct 10 '13 at 16:12
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    @Fluffy you should make that an answer – vol7ron Apr 11 '17 at 21:37
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    Regarding .bashrc, bash -l looks useful, blog.endpoint.com/2015/02/cron-wrapper-keep-your-cron-jobs.html – mpapec May 4 '17 at 5:15

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