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Re: [vox-tech] Cron Confusion
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Re: [vox-tech] Cron Confusion

On Thu, Nov 30, 2000 at 12:52:05PM -0800, Robert G. Scofield wrote:
> jdnewmil@dcn.davis.ca.us wrote:
> > On Thu, 30 Nov 2000, Robert G. Scofield wrote:
> >
> > [...]
> >
> > >  So it might be a good idea at Installfests to change
> > > the /etc/crontab setting for the workstation user.
> >
> > Reading your phrasing, I just want to make sure the point gets
> > across... don't just edit /etc/crontab.
> >
> > Use "crontab -e" or you will mess up cron.  If you are root, this will
> > have the effect of editing /etc/crontab.
> Okay, here's another question.  If I log in as root and do crontab -l, I get
> the message that there is no crontab for root.  I do have an /etc/crontab file
> however.  When I execute crontab -e I do not end up in /etc/crontab.  Is it
> therefore okay if I edit /etc/crontab with vim?  I've got Red Hat 6.1.
> Thank you.
> Bob
> --
> Robert G. Scofield
> rgscofield@ucdavis.edu

I've never done it any other way than by editing /etc/crontab by hand.  Messing
up cron isn't nearly as dangerous as messing up inittab.  If something goes
wrong, root will hear of it.


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