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Re: [SLE] Cron Jobs
  • From: Donald Henson <wepin@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 09:50:47 -0700
  • Message-id: <1079628647.17697.23.camel@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Quote from SuSE 9.0 Admin Manual:

"/etc/crontab cannot be processed with crontab -e. It must be loaded
directly into an editor, modified, then saved." But does that mean
that's where I should put my cron job? It doesn't say.

By the way, I've also looked at "man crontab" and, as usual, I was
unable to extract any useful info. Whoever writes the man pages must
speak a language I don't understand. As far as I can tell, the man pages
are intended for experienced administrators who just need a reminder of
something they already know about. It does not appear to be targeted at

Don Henson

On Wed, 2004-03-17 at 20:35, Hans Forbrich wrote:

> You really want to look at "man crontab" <g>
> If your userid has permission to run a cron job, the crontab command puts you
> into a 'crontab edit' mode. On exit, it automatically installs the resulting
> file into the right spot.
> You might also want to invest in O'Reilly "Essential System Administration"
> (see That covers most unixes and
> Linuxes and has a great section on cron.
> /Hans
> On Wednesday 17 March 2004 20:26, Donald Henson wrote:
> > Before you blow me off, let me say that I've been using Linux for about
> > six months and this is the first time I've had occasion to set up a cron
> > job. And before you tell me to RTFM, I've already done that as well as
> > several exchanges on mailing lists and a couple of online tutorials. I'm
> > here to tell you that I'm confused. You may need to know that I'm
> > running SuSE Linux 9.0, since SuSE appears to handle cron jobs
> > differently than everyone else.
> >
> > All I want to do is run a simple backup job every morning (early). I'm
> > pretty sure that I can set up the crontab entry to do that. What I don't
> > know is where to put it. I've looked at /etc/cron, /etc/cron.daily
> > (contains a number of scripts), etc. Is there an existing script that I
> > modify or do I create one from scratch? I'd really appreciate any
> > assistance here.
> >
> > Don Henson
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