kannanrbk kannanrbk - 8 months ago 24
Linux Question

How to get last run cron job details in linux?

I want to get details of last runned cron job in my machine . Because if the cron is interrupted due to some internal problems . I want to rerun the cron job .

Note : I didn't have root user privilege .


You can see the date, time, user and command of previously executed cron jobs using:

grep CRON /var/log/syslog

This will show all cron jobs. If you only wanted to see jobs run by a certain user, you would use something like this:

grep CRON.*\(root\) /var/log/syslog

Note that cron logs at the start of a job so you may want to have lengthy jobs keep their own completion logs; if the system went down halfway through a job, it would still be in the log!

Edit: If you don't have root access, you will have to keep your own job logs. This can be done simply by tacking the following onto the end of your job command:

&& date > /home/user/last_completed

The file /home/user/last_completed would always contain the last date and time the job completed. You would use >> instead of > if you wanted to append completion dates to the file.

You could also achieve the same by putting your command in a small bash or sh script and have cron execute that file.

date > /home/user/last_completed

The crontab for this would be:

* * * * * bash /path/to/script.bash