calling aticonfig from with in a crontab script

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This caused me some annoyance today. I wanted to get the AMD GPU temp from a crontab Perl script on a Linux box running Ubu 14.04. The crontab was under a normal user, i.e., not root. This became a bit of a pain because something like the following failed:

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#!/usr/bin/perl -w
my $current_temp = `aticonfig --odgt | grep Temperature | grep C`;

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the above failed with this error:
ERROR - X needs to be running to perform AMD Overdrive(TM) commands

to fix this all that was require was "DISPLAY=:0" in the aticonfig call above so that it looked like:

my $current_temp = `DISPLAY=:0 aticonfig --odgt | grep Temperature | grep C`

Maybe this will help out someone else.