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Logging Cron Jobs on Ubuntu

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Enable the cron.log for Ubuntu

By default, Ubuntu disables the cron log, so you need to turn it on, and additionally create the log file before you can start tailing that log.

Use these steps to get your log on:

Create the cron.log file

touch /var/log/cron.log

Edit /etc/syslog.conf and uncomment the line starting with cron.*

vim /etc/syslog.conf

Restart sysklogd

$ /etc/init.d/sysklogd restart

Restart cron

$ /etc/init.d/cron restart

Then to watch your cron jobs execute this command:

$ tail -f /var/log/cron.log