I've been trying to get this to work for DAYS. Its doing my head in because everything i search suggests this work.

The process is Cron executes bash which executes python

I open and edit the cron with:

sudo crontab -e

Inside it looks like this:

* * * * * /home/pi/cron_bash.sh >> /home/pi/out.txt  2>&1

This then feeds through to the bash file which looks like this:

cd "$(/home/pi "$0")";
echo $CWD
python /home/pi/cron_log.py

The python script is very simple (primairly for debugging process, i'm planning on changing to a script that executes selenium when i've found the issue)-just prints the datetime to a file:

from datetime import datetime
dateTimeObj = datetime.now()   
dateStr = dateTimeObj.strftime("%B the %d of %Y is %A at %I:%M %p")
with open('cronlog.txt', 'a') as file:

The problem i have is that the output file (cronlog.txt) doesn't get changed. If i check the out.txt file which should be displaying the log i get this:

/home/pi/cron_bash.sh: 2: /home/pi/cron_bash.sh: /home/pi: Permission denied

Can anyone help? I don't understand how it could be a permission issue if i'm going through sudo cron, but then again i am a beginner with pi/cron.



  • Why does your program need to update a crontab that it doesn't own? Stop using sudo when you don't need to use it. Every user can have a personal crontab (edited with crontab -e or updated with echo "* * * * * somecommandhere" >> /tmp/cronup; crontab /tmp/cronup;
    – Dougie
    Feb 22 at 16:30
  • I think you misunderstood what the crontab is doing, its launching a bash which launches python. Obviously I tried using the personal crontab first but I ran into the same pwrmission error
    – Felixr2
    Feb 23 at 22:09

This line in your script:

cd "$(/home/pi "$0")";

is trying to execute /home/pi as if it's a program, but it's surely a directory. What did you mean this line to be?

  • Maybe you meant cd /home/pi?
    – Waxrat
    Feb 22 at 17:05
  • I was actually following the advice from this previously answered question stackoverflow.com/questions/12534135/…
    – Felixr2
    Feb 23 at 22:00
  • But I'm not sure what the cd line does in its entirety, I assumed just change directory
    – Felixr2
    Feb 23 at 22:07
  • I think you maybe just want cd /home/pi which would change your working directory to the pi user's home directory. Or cd $(dirname "$0") which would change your working directory to the directory where the bash script is.
    – Waxrat
    Feb 24 at 23:47

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