I'm working with many scripts. So I do add/remove scripts with "crontab -e" so many times. I tried to make an "Available/Enabled" structure for these.

This is my structure's tree:

# all scripts

# enabled scripts 
scripts/enabled/1.sh -> scripts/available/1.sh
scripts/enabled/2.sh -> scripts/available/2.sh

Then I add this line to "crontab -e":

* * * * * /home/user/scripts/enabled/* &> /dev/null

This is the output of sudo systemctl status cron.service :

     CGroup: /system.slice/cron.service
             ├─17763 /bin/bash /home/user/scripts/enabled/1.sh /home/user/scripts/enabled/2.sh

1.sh is working every minute, but 2.sh is not working.

I want to run scripts from only cron. What can I do for this, if I do not want to make a script for "run scripts in a directory" with another script,?

Also do you know any Telegram group for active "GNU/Linux System Administrators"?

Thank you.

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    Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer.
    – Someone
    Nov 20, 2021 at 15:42
  • Is it okay now ? @Algins
    – bNi
    Nov 20, 2021 at 15:47
  • You can approve my edit.
    – Someone
    Nov 20, 2021 at 15:53

3 Answers 3


Alternatively you may use run-parts :

* * * * * /usr/bin/run-parts --regex='.+' /home/user/scripts/enabled

Parameter --regex='.+' allows any filenames. Details: man run-parts.

  • Not worked for me.
    – bNi
    Nov 20, 2021 at 16:09
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    run-parts by default do not accept a dot in filename. Rename 1.sh to 1 and so on. Nov 20, 2021 at 16:35
  • Thanks, its worked !
    – bNi
    Nov 20, 2021 at 22:39


for script in /home/user/scripts/enabled/*; do $script &>/dev/null; done

When you specify


cron sees

/home/user/scripts/enabled/script1.sh /home/user/scripts/enabled/script2.sh ...

Thus, you are executing script1.sh with as arguments the pathnames of the other scripts in that directory. Your script1 does not read arguments: so it runs and it runs fine.

Instead, have cron run a script e expression to "not sure if cron works with wildcards the way you think"that, in turn, runs all scripts in the enabled directory. You can do that with a for ... do loop.

  • @terdon correct, of course. I changed this
    – vanadium
    Nov 21, 2021 at 15:27

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