Some things you can try and other random notes in case you didn't find a solution yet:
The one and only way to edit a crontab file is to use:
# contrab -e
Do not edit the crontab file directly!
You do not need to enclose the command in quotes.
Which flavour of cron are you using? There are many different flavours.
Can you try a simple command to see if cron is working at all, for example touch ~/cronworks
Can you post your complete crontab file? And also the root's crontab file (/etc/crontab).
and yes ive verified its running:
mckooter@myserver:~$ ps ax | grep crond
17626 pts/0 S+ 0:00 grep crond
Looking at your post again, I noticed I don't see cron running!
Are you sure it is running? Because this doesn't show it's running, the entry that pops up is the grep process, *not* the cron process itself.
As a sidenote, cron can also be named crond, grepping for cron is better.
Output should look something like:
[~]% ps ax | grep cron
873 ?? Is 0:00.01 /usr/sbin/cron -s
2818 p1 S+ 0:00.00 grep --color cron
Edited by Carpetsmoker, 13 May 2009 - 01:55 PM.
UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things.