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sr #108231: storeBackup does not run through after being called by anacron

Submitter:  None
Submitted:  Mon 14 Jan 2013 11:10:54 PM UTC
Category:  None Priority:  5 - Normal
Severity:  3 - Normal Status:  None
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Operating System:  GNU/Linux
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Wed 16 Jan 2013 05:44:55 PM UTC, comment #4: 

Hi Heinz-Josef,

I am very sorry that I first looked for the error in storeBackup without doing enough debugging first…

After some trying around by myself I found out that the whole error was thrown by the program I piped the output of storeBackup into…

The environment variable $DISPLAY was not set so it didn't know on which display to show the tray icon, died and somehow also killed storeBackup.

So I'm happy again!

Thanks for your time anyway and thanks for this great program!

Wed 16 Jan 2013 02:41:31 PM UTC, comment #3: 

Hi Jonas,

I think it's best to post your problem with the script in a "normal" Linux Forum where there are specialists about shell script and cron (I'm mostly using perl, what a surprise ;-) .)

It would be nice if you can post the url of that thread here also so everybody can see the solution.

Thanks and sorry,

Heinz-Josef Claes <hjclaes>
Group administrator
Tue 15 Jan 2013 09:34:31 PM UTC, comment #2: 

While writing the text below I figured something out:

My script invoked storeBackup this way:


    echo 'icon /usr/share/icons/gnome/16x16/actions/gtk-save.png'
    /usr/local/bin/ --file /home/jonas/.storeBackup/storeBackup.conf 2> /home/jonas/.storeBackup/storeBackup.error.log
} | /home/jonas/Programmieren/trayIcon/trayIcon


Now I changed it to


/usr/local/bin/ --file /home/jonas/.storeBackup/storeBackup.conf 2> /home/jonas/.storeBackup/storeBackup.error.log


And then it works when being called via anacron...

But I would really like to put the output of storeBackup to my little program which displays a tray icon with tooltips during backup.

----- Maybe obsolete text -----

In the beginning I also had problems with the PATH not being set correctly (and perl could not execute some shell program). But I already fixed this.

Anyhow, I'll add the diff of the env output. As you can see $PATH is exactly the same in both versions.

I call storeBackup with

/usr/local/bin/ --file /home/jonas/.storeBackup/storeBackup.conf 2> /home/jonas/.storeBackup/storeBackup.error.log

Furthermore I added my config file with comments removed.

(file #27278, file #27279)

Tue 15 Jan 2013 02:58:48 PM UTC, comment #1: 

Hi, strange problem :-/ .

The only thing I know about such problems from the past were missing paths in $PATH when called from cron. The beginning of my nightly script look like that (it runs on gentoo):


#! /bin/sh

export PATH=/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin

/opt/test/storeBackup/bin/ -l /var/log/stbu/storeBackupUpdate.log --progressReport 500 --autorepair --backupDir /disk1/store-backup

equery list "*" > /backup/list_of_packages.gentoo

/opt/test/storeBackup/bin/ -f /root/bin/storeBackup.config


and so on.
It's normal, that storeBackup doesn't print on STDERR, because errors are logged as ERROR. I have no idea what's the reason for your issue. Can you append your configuration file and the script?

Maybe it helps to compare the output of `env` when run interactively and from cron!?

Regards, Heinz-Josef

Heinz-Josef Claes <hjclaes>
Group administrator
Mon 14 Jan 2013 11:10:54 PM UTC, original submission:  


my storeBackup config + little shell script to invoke it works fine when being called manually. To automate it I set it up to be called by anacron (as my user) every day.

Now the problem is that when the script is called by anacron it runs storeBackup but storeBackup exits more or less immediately. The only output in the log file is:

BEGIN     2013.01.14 23:50:05  7035 backing up directory </home/jonas> to </mnt/2TB/Backup/home_jonas>
VERSION   2013.01.14 23:50:05  7035, 3.3
INFO      2013.01.14 23:50:05  7035 setting ARG_MAX to 63488 (Linux)
INFO      2013.01.14 23:50:05  7035 comprRule = $size > 1024 and not $file =~ /\.zip\Z|\.bz2\Z|\.gz\Z|\.tgz\Z|\.jpg\Z|\.gif\Z|\.tiff?\Z|\.mpeg\Z|\.mpe?g\Z|\.mpe?[34]\Z|\.ogg\Z|\.gpg\Z|\.png\Z|\.lzma\Z|\.xz\Z|\.mov\Z|\.flac\Z|\.mts\Z|\.rar\Z|\.wma\Z/i

It also does not print out anything on stderr which is also caught by my script.

The environment variables $PATH, $USER and $HOME are set to the same values as in an interactive shell (where manually invoking my backup script works like a charm).

I don't have any further ideas as storeBackup does not give me much information.

Thanks for your help



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