Run cron jobs with environmental variables for an account

A common error for configuring cron is to use environmental variables for an account in the cron command. However, cron will run the commands without these variables defined.

In the crontab -e, adding . $HOME/.profile before the commands play the trick. For example:

0 */8 * * * . $HOME/.profile; ~/bin/my-command

Cron is started by the system with a minimal environment. Hence, you need to add all other things that you need in your script.

Answered by anonymous.

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