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Bug 3438 - cron mail sez' "cannot determine run level"
Summary: cron mail sez' "cannot determine run level"
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: crontabs
Version: 6.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Crutcher Dunnavant
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1999-06-13 21:53 UTC by Jaroslaw Sosnicki
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2001-04-10 22:00:47 UTC

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Description Jaroslaw Sosnicki 1999-06-13 21:53:31 UTC
I am getting this root email generated by cron with message
"Can not determine run level"

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-14 14:28:59 UTC
If typing "runlevel" gives the response "unknown", then check
/var/run/utmp* (which is where the current runlevel is stored. You'll
probably see a 0 length (or non-existent) file.

I've seen this behavior with initscripts-4.19 in Raw Hide. Reverting
to the 6.0 initscripts-4.16 fixed my prblem.

Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 1999-06-14 16:59:59 UTC
The initscripts-4.19 (and possibly 4.17, 4.18) problem is
fixed in initscripts-4.20; /var/run/utmp was getting removed
as soon as it was created (oops). Do you have a /var/run/utmp
or /var/run/utmpx?

Comment 3 Jaroslaw Sosnicki 1999-08-28 01:22:59 UTC
Yes I have /var/run/utmp. Since I reported this bug I have upgradet to

Thanks for fixing it.

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