I'm trying to get a cron job to run, but not as root.

Within the context of the user (domainuser@contoso.com), here are the outputs of the crontab and cron.log:

Output of crontab -l

    # Edit this file to introduce tasks to be run by cron.
    # Each task to run has to be defined through a single line
    # indicating with different fields when the task will be run
    # and what command to run for the task
    # To define the time you can provide concrete values for
    # minute (m), hour (h), day of month (dom), month (mon),
    # and day of week (dow) or use '*' in these fields (for 'any').#
    # Notice that tasks will be started based on the cron's system
    # daemon's notion of time and timezones.
    # Output of the crontab jobs (including errors) is sent through
    # email to the user the crontab file belongs to (unless redirected).
    # For example, you can run a backup of all your user accounts
    # at 5 a.m every week with:
    # 0 5 * * 1 tar -zcf /var/backups/home.tgz /home/
    # For more information see the manual pages of crontab(5) and cron(8)
    # m h  dom mon dow   command
    */1 * * * *     whoami

Output of /var/log/cron.log (last 10 lines)

    Nov 27 04:24:28 tor-car-rclone CRON[1865]: Permission denied
    Nov 27 04:25:01 tor-car-rclone CRON[1870]: Permission denied
    Nov 27 04:25:25 tor-car-rclone crontab[1871]: (domainuser@contoso.com) LIST (domainuser@contoso.com)
    Nov 27 04:26:01 tor-car-rclone CRON[1875]: Permission denied
    Nov 27 04:27:01 tor-car-rclone CRON[1877]: Permission denied
    Nov 27 04:28:01 tor-car-rclone CRON[1879]: Permission denied
    Nov 27 04:29:01 tor-car-rclone CRON[1884]: Permission denied
    Nov 27 04:30:01 tor-car-rclone CRON[1887]: Permission denied
    Nov 27 04:31:01 tor-car-rclone CRON[1889]: Permission denied
    Nov 27 04:32:01 tor-car-rclone CRON[1894]: Permission denied

It's obviously a permission issue, but I'm unsure of where I need to assign permissions.


So the issue was GPO related since the box is joined to an AD domain.

As per https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/sssd/+bug/1572908, the following fixed it:

Edit /etc/sssd/sssd.conf
Add ad_gpo_access_control = permissive to the [domain/corp.contoso.com] section.

Full example of /etc/sssd/sssd.conf

    domains = corp.contoso.com
    config_file_version = 2
    services = nss, pam

    ad_domain = corp.contoso.com
    krb5_realm = CORP.CONTOSO.com
    realmd_tags = manages-system joined-with-adcli
    cache_credentials = True
    id_provider = ad
    krb5_store_password_if_offline = True
    default_shell = /bin/bash
    ldap_id_mapping = True
    use_fully_qualified_names = True
    fallback_homedir = /home/%d/%u
    access_provider = ad
    ad_gpo_access_control = permissive

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