Rclone script problem when run as a cron job


hi guys
i am using a script to create daily backups of a folder + sql file on a server running centos using rclone that uploads to azure.

this script works fine when I run it via ssh console, but if I add it as cron job in /etc/crontab, the script runs, creates the dump.sql, puts the archive in tmp folder, but does not upload it to azure. i am guessing it fails at the rclone part.

here is the script,what is the problem here, can someone tell me>?


What user is the crontab running as - the same as you tested rclone with?


Yes, as root.

This is what my /etc/crontab file looks like


What do the logs say?

The usual problem people have with rclone in crontabs is it not being able to find its config file, so you can try adding the --config /path/to/config directive. Use rclone config file to show where it is.


Ran the ‘rclone config’ command

Here is the output

rclone config
2018/12/05 17:26:54 NOTICE: Config file “/root/.config/rclone/rclone.conf” not found - using defaults
No remotes found - make a new one
n) New remote
s) Set configuration password
q) Quit config


The script runs without a config file set because we mention variables in the script itself. Are you saying we should add a config for the remote destination?


Sorry, missed that bit in your script. You don’t need a config file in that case.

What do the logs say from the cronjob? They will have a clue in I would have thought.


the logs are empty.
If you see the script above, its actually doing so:

  1. making sql dump
  2. adding a folder to backup in archive + the sql dump made above
  3. uploading file to rclone
  4. deleting it locally

the error comes on part number 3 (uploading to rclone), if i run this script as cron.
this is because the .tar files keep accumulating in /tmp folder but are not uploaded to azure when I put on the cron.

if i run the same script via ssh terminal as ‘sh scriptfile.sh’, then there are no problems.

please help me.


What’s the full command you are running and the actual error message?

running from cron usually means you are missing a parameter or something you have set that isn’t being set in cron as it doesn’t read in your profile.


how do I add bash code in my reply on this forum? i can only find quote preformatting


You can put the 's before and after it.

So like



# For details see man 4 crontabs

# Example of job definition:
# .---------------- minute (0 - 59)
# |  .------------- hour (0 - 23)
# |  |  .---------- day of month (1 - 31)
# |  |  |  .------- month (1 - 12) OR jan,feb,mar,apr ...
# |  |  |  |  .---- day of week (0 - 6) (Sunday=0 or 7) OR sun,mon,tue,wed,thu,fri,sat
# |  |  |  |  |
# *  *  *  *  * user-name  command to be executed
@hourly root sh /rclone.sh > /output-crontab.log

This is the command I am using in /etc/crontab for cron.


What’s in the rclone.sh and what’s the error?