aws cp not working in cron

I just had a problem downloading some files from Amazon Web Services using the aws cp command. The script ran fine as the root user but did not when run in roots cron tab. A normal copy command that took just seconds, timed out with the error:

HTTPSConnectionPool(host='', port=443): Max retries exceeded with url: /bla.txt (Caused by ConnectTimeoutError(, 'Connection to timed out. (connect timeout=60)'))
Completed 1 part(s) with ... file(s) remaining

I came across Kris Jordan‘s excellent tips and finally got the idea that it may be my proxy environment variables that were not getting accessed.

I fixed the issue by adding the environment variable directly in the script I was running.

export https_proxy=""
export http_proxy=""

Note: that is case sensitive, so use https_proxy/http_proxy and not HTTPS_PROXY/HTTP_PROXY.

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