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  Learning the Terminal in Jaguar, Part 1
Subject:   crontab under /etc and /private/etc
Date:   2002-12-16 12:24:55
From:   anonymous2
hi Chris,

first, i want to let you know how great those articles are! thank you very much for them.

i was just wondering, why there are several places, where crontab can be edited in Mac OS X 10.2.x. if the super-user-crontab is in /private/etc, what is it then in /etc ??? i mean, which one do i have to edit and which one not? and if i edited both with identical settings, would this mess my system up?

according to the older series (10.1), it had to be modified in /etc... i am just a bit confused now.

thanks in advance!

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  • Chris Stone photo crontab under /etc and /private/etc
    2002-12-20 10:36:21  Chris Stone | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Ah...good question! :-)

    Actually, /etc is just a symbolic link (like a Finder alias) that points to /private/etc. Therefore /etc/crontab and /private/etc/crontab is one and the same file.

    So, you can specify either path without problem...