Ispconfig 3, phplist & cron problem

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by franco, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. franco

    franco New Member

    Hi all,

    sorry for my english.

    I've problem with phplist and cron jobs on a ispconfig 3 server (ubuntu 10.04).

    Client put on his cron jobs this string:

    /usr/bin/php -q /home/of/client/web/lists/admin/cron.php

    You can find these lines in the file:

    system("/usr/bin/php /home/of/client/web/lists/admin/index.php -pprocessqueue -c/home/of/client/web/lists/config/config.php")

    But nothing work.

    If I go to see in the server, I find, in /etc/cron.d/ a file, ispc_web40, formatted like this:

    MAILTO=' '

    10 * * * * web40 /usr/bin/php -q /home/of/client/web/lists/admin/cron.php

    But without write permission:

    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 109 2011-02-09 16:55 ispc_web40

    In fact, if I launch the phplist procedure to send the newsletters, nothing happens :-|

    Where am I wrong?!

    Tnx All and sorry again for my terrible english
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Did you put this in your crontab? What's the output of
    crontab -l
  3. franco

    franco New Member

    No, because the user haven't shell access. I wish that he used the panel, not the shell: the user puts his string in the cron jobs form, and the cron work. If I let him use the shell, for me is a big problem...

    However, the result of "crontab -u web40 -l" is "no crontab for web40".

    Thanks for your reply! :)
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    How did the user create the cron job then? Through ISPConfig?
  5. franco

    franco New Member

    Yes, he do: the user has logged on the panel and used the form for cron jobs.
    The cron jobs were written to the file /etc/cron.d/ispc_web40, but the jobs don't start.
    Or rather, maybe I do not understand what the log file to look at whether the process is started or not and what errors have occurred.
  6. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    What's the output of
    ls -la /etc/cron.d/
    ? What's in /etc/cron.d/ispc_web40? Are there any cron errors in /var/log/syslog or /var/log/messages?
  7. outeredge

    outeredge New Member

    We've got the same problem, output as requested for me:

    # ls -la /etc/cron.d/
    total 28
    drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 4096 Feb 16 14:04 .
    drwxr-xr-x 63 root root 4096 Feb 21 14:12 ..
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  102 Sep 28  2008 .placeholder
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  620 Feb 16 10:44 ispc_chrooted_web58
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  119 Feb 16 14:04 ispc_chrooted_web59
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  149 Jan 14 13:02 ispc_web2
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  499 Aug  4  2010 php5
    and the contents of ispc_chrooted_web58 is:

    # cat ispc_chrooted_web58
    0	7	*	*	*	web58	/usr/bin/php -q /var/www/clients/client1/web58/web/billing/admin/cron.php
    0	5	*	*	*	web58	/usr/bin/php -q /var/www/clients/client1/web58/web/billing/modules/registrars/enom/enomsync.php
    0	6	*	*	*	web58	/usr/bin/php -q /var/www/clients/client1/web58/web/billing/modules/gateways/callback/worldpayfuturepaycharges.php
    0	4	*	*	*	web58	/usr/bin/php -q /var/www/clients/client1/web58/web/billing/modules/registrars/nominet/nominetsync.php
    0	3	*	*	*	web58	/usr/bin/php -q /var/www/clients/client1/web58/web/billing/modules/registrars/resellerclub/resellerclubsync.php
    None of these cron jobs seem to run for this user or others and it's the same on other servers we have, any thoughts?

    What is the chrooted reference and how does this apply?

    When any of those commands are run from the command line, the script executes in PHP without any problems.
  8. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    You enabled chrooting for cronjobs, this means that the cronjob is run inside a chroot jail with a limited set of commands available. The php interpreter is not part of the jail, so your cronjobs cant work.

    The easiets way to work around that is to use:

    /usr/bin/wget -q

    instead. Or use a non chrooted cronjob.
  9. outeredge

    outeredge New Member

    Ah ok, thanks for pointing that out Till - how do you disable chrooting of cronjobs in ISPConfig 3?


  10. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    See client settings on the limits tab. Please be aware that ist a security risk to disable chrooting, if someone is ever able to modify the php script that is run by the cronjob or this script contains a error, they may take over your server if the cronjob is not chrooted.
  11. outeredge

    outeredge New Member

    Ah ok, that's great thanks.

    Does the chrooted cron use Jailkit settings or is it a custom chroot?
  12. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    If I remember correctly, it uses the same jail.

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