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Date:      Sun, 04 Jan 2009 13:32:06 -0500
From:      Tim Kellers <>
To:        Giorgos Keramidas <>
Cc:        freebsd general questions <>
Subject:   Re: PATH braincramp
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In-Reply-To: <87k59bhury.fsf@kobe.laptop>
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Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
> On Sun, 04 Jan 2009 11:48:36 -0500, Tim Kellers <> wrote:
>> I'm having a tussle with one of those things I've done a zillion times,
>> but now I can't fathom what the heck is wrong.
>> When I run flexbackup from a cron job (as root) , the following error is
>> returned by e-mail to root:
>> Errors:
>> mbuffer not found in $PATH
>> dump not found in $PATH
>> restore not found in $PATH
>> $PATH is set in root's  crontab: $PATH = "/sbin /bin /usr/sbin /usr/bin
>> /usr/games /usr/local/sbin /usr/local/bin"
> You are not using `$PATH = xxx yyy' right?
> Evaluating the variable to extract its _value_ needs a dollar sign, but
> setting it should not use a dollar sign and the value elements should be
> separated by ':' like this:
>     PATH="/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin"
Pass the Pointy Hat over so I can strap it on twice.  I had tried 
"/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin" but, yes 
I had the $ in front of PATH.

Wow, what a braincramp.  I feel like a dope, but a dope that has his 
backup crons running, now.

Giorgios, THANK YOU!

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