Logging from cron

Brian Cuttler brian at wadsworth.org
Tue Mar 23 18:00:01 GMT 2004

We always run rsync from a shell script, sometimes we pipe the
shell script output to mailx or such. I'm sure you can write
it to a log file but don't recall the syntax off hand.

We never run the single command as a cron task, ie never
 0 23 * * 1-5 rsync
but do
 0 23 * * 1-5 script1.sh

I'm sure a number of the OS provided root cron jobs do so.

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> Hello,
> I've just spent several hours going over several Google searches trying to find a way to configure rsync to log into a file named "/var/log/rsync.log".  So far, every instance where I've found someone asking about rsync logging remained unanswered (which is kind of weird in itself).
> As far as I can tell, the only way to do this is to setup rsync as a daemon process so that it will read an rsync.confg.  The problem is that I don't want to run rsync as a daemon process, and am not interested in working from a rsync.confg file if I can avoid it.  My rsync command lines are being generated on the fly by a perl program running via cron, and then shelling the command to the OS (linux) and handshaking via SSH.  This is working fine, but I need a log to determine what is causing rsync to shutdown before completing the full mirror of the server.
> Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get a log generated from rsync running from the command line?
> Many Thanks in Advance,
> Tim
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