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Bug 10746 - /etc/crontab format
/etc/crontab format
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: crontabs (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Crutcher Dunnavant
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Reported: 2000-04-12 10:14 EDT by Michael Redinger
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-04-10 18:02:58 EDT
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Description Michael Redinger 2000-04-12 10:14:28 EDT
Ok, maybe I'm missing something, but as I do not find any other
documentation, I suppose this is a bug:

After installation, there is no root crontab file, but there's a file
/etc/crontab. However, you must not install it using crontab /etc/crontab
because this file is not in cron format. It reads something like this:
01 * * * * root run-parts /etc/cron.hourly
However, for vixie-cron, this should read:
01 * * * * root run-parts /etc/cron.hourly

So, actually, if I am right, this are two bugs:

- the crontab should be installed per default (otherwise important
  scripts from /etc/cron.* will simply never run

- the format of /etc/crontab is wrong
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2000-04-12 11:33:59 EDT
/etc/crontab is read automatically by the cron daemon.
See the cron(8) man page.

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