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crontab vs. links in /etc/cron.hourly (etc.)


Could someone tell me why, if I create a crontab entry for my script (or run it manually), it will work OK... but it will not run properly if called via a symlink in /etc/cron.hourly.

I chose not to post my script so as to not cloud the issue -- I have a solution. 

To rephrase, I'm asking why something running as root would behave differently than if called via a symlink in /etc/cron.whatever.


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