Cron service is masked

Creating a bug report/issue

Required Information

  • DietPi version | 8.16.2

  • Distro version | bullseye

  • Kernel version | Linux rock001 5.15.93-rockchip64 #23.02.2 SMP PREEMPT Fri Feb 17 23:48:36 UTC 2023 aarch64 GNU/Linux

  • SBC model | ROCK Pi S (aarch64)

  • Power supply used | 5V 3A Raspberry Pi USB C

  • SD card used | [Netac Technology NT02P500PRO-032G-R A1 32 GB

Additional Information (if applicable)

  • Software title | cron.service
  • should be reproducable on fresh install

Steps to reproduce

Fresh install of Dietpi using Automation.

sudo systemctl status cron.service

Expected behaviour

● cron.service - Regular background program processing daemon
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/cron.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Wed 2023-04-12 11:23:04 CEST; 37s ago
       Docs: man:cron(8)
   Main PID: 15130 (cron)
      Tasks: 1 (limit: 397)
     Memory: 400.0K
        CPU: 25ms
     CGroup: /system.slice/cron.service
             └─15130 /usr/sbin/cron -f

Actual behaviour

● cron.service
     Loaded: masked (Reason: Unit cron.service is masked.)
     Active: inactive (dead)

Extra details

Easily solved by unmasking the service. As a workaround for new service I added this to my_Automation_Custom_Script.sh_

# unamsk and enable cron service. Unclear why it is masked
sudo systemctl unmask cron.service
sudo systemctl enable cron.service
sudo systemctl start cron.service
sudo systemctl status cron.service

usually cron should not be masked.

@MichaIng could you have a look to ROCK Pi S image pls?

Uh, that may be something I have missed with the service start rework. Will generate new images which unmask cron during first run setup respectively without cron masked in the first place.

oh yes, just check on the new OrangePi 5 image. It is the same there. maybe we need to submit a change/fix for people who download images the last days?

Jep, its bad since live patches are pulled via cron (part of update check).


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Awesome fast response! Thanks for this and the great work in general!

We’re going to use dietpi as a part of a long term monitoring project for bats (listening to ultrasonic calls)… :bat: :grin: