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Bug 41291 - crontab -e fails when /tmp is a softlink
crontab -e fails when /tmp is a softlink
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 37994
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: vixie-cron (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Eido Inoue
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-05-18 11:04 EDT by ellson
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:33 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-12-07 17:35:13 EST
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Description ellson 2001-05-18 11:04:10 EDT
Description of Problem:

We were tying to  make /tmp a softlink on a diskless sytem running RH7.1.

When /tmp is diirect, entring a comment such as "#hello"
into crontab works ok:

        $ crontab -e
                          << insert "#hello" in vim session here
        crontab: installing new crontab

When /tmp is a softlink, entering a comment into crontab fails:

        $ mv /tmp /tmp.old
        $ ln -s /tmp.old /tmp
        $ crontab -e
                          << insert "#hello" in vim session here
        crontab: no changes made to crontab

We think that the problem might be vim.  Changing vim to the version from
RH7.0 fixes the problem.

There are some comments in vixie-crontab code that refer to race
conditions, so perhaps a change in vim has just exposed one.

How Reproducible:
Comment 1 Eido Inoue 2002-02-12 14:26:30 EST

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 37994 ***

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