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Cron Job Error: syntax error near unexpected token `('

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by juliep, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. juliep

    juliep Registered

    Sep 29, 2014
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    Hi I have created a cron job via my websites cPanel to backup our mySQL database each week using mysqldump, but I keep getting the following error via my email notification and I can not figure out what the problem is with the command line syntax. The only thing I can think of is there is a '(' character within my password string - could this be causing the problem?

    The error received is:
    /usr/local/cpanel/bin/jailshell: -c: line 0: syntax error near unexpected token `('
    /usr/local/cpanel/bin/jailshell: -c: line 0: `/usr/bin/mysqldump -u myusername -pPassword123](8 mydatabasename > /home/sitefolder/backups/weeklybackup.sql'

    Any help is much appreciated :)

  2. cPanelMichael

    cPanelMichael Technical Support Community Manager
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    Apr 11, 2011
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    Hello :)

    I suggest setting up a script that completes the database backup, and then simply execute that script in the cron job. It's not a good idea to pass a password in plaintext via a cron job. This is an older thread, but it will give you an idea of how you can accomplish this:

    Backup databases through cron job

    Thank you.
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