Bug 863692 - Possible documentation error in /etc/crontab
Possible documentation error in /etc/crontab
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: crontabs (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
unspecified Severity low
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Assigned To: Marcela Mašláňová
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Reported: 2012-10-06 12:26 EDT by Christian Nygaard
Modified: 2012-10-08 03:11 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2012-10-08 03:11:45 EDT
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Description Christian Nygaard 2012-10-06 12:26:01 EDT
Description of problem:

Possible documentation error, /etc/crontab says
# For details see man 4 crontabs
but it should possibly say the following which has the details
# For details see man 5 crontab

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. grep details /etc/crontab
2. man 4 crontabs
3. man 5 crontab
Actual results:
# For details see man 4 crontabs

Expected results:
# For details see man 5 crontab

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Comment 2 Marcela Mašláňová 2012-10-08 03:11:45 EDT
I disagree. /etc/crontab belongs into crontabs package. The file is there only for backward compatibility. The upstream preferred way is using anacrontab for scheduling daily, weekly jobs instead of /etc/crontab. Admin who still use /etc/crontab are probably aware of settings of cron jobs anyway.

btw in crontabs.4 is a paragraph with SEE ALSO anacrontab.5.

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