Question

Where are Cron Job errors logged?

As the title states. Where are the crontab errors logged and what is the name of the file? I’m not sure what the name of the file is so I have no clue what to search on with find -iname "file name here"


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December 27, 2016
Accepted Answer

By default on Ubuntu your cron output should be logged to /var/log/syslog If you would like cron to log to it’s own file you can edit /etc/rsyslog.d/50-default.conf and uncomment the line

#cron.*

Then run

sudo service rsyslog restart

and your cron jobs will be logged to /var/log/cron.log

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