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Subject:   What about "crontab -e"?
Date:   2002-12-10 12:01:42
From:   anonymous2
I have always used "crontab -e" to edit my crontab. Shouldn't this be used instead of directly editing the files (and manually maintaining backups)?
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  • Chris Stone photo What about "crontab -e"?
    2002-12-10 16:44:52  Chris Stone | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    You are correct in using crontab -e to edit *your* user crontab (those in /var/cron/tabs). However, the crontab command is not for the *system* crontab, (/etc/crontab), which is edited directly.

    --Chris
    • What about "crontab -e"?
      2002-12-14 23:46:21  dillera [View]

      HI:

      try:

      $ sudo crontab -e

      this will edit the system crontab in one step.

      -andy
      • Chris Stone photo What about "crontab -e"?
        2002-12-20 10:32:21  Chris Stone | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

        Actually, that is not correct.

        sudo crontab -e will edit the *root* crontab -- the user crontab for the user *root*, which is /private/var/cron/tabs/root.

        This is a different file than the *system* crontab, which is /etc/crontab. It is this system crontab which holds the schedule for the regular maintenance jobs, not the root crontab.