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Re: [SLE] cron not recognizing changes to /etc/cron.d files [SOLVED]
  • From: Scott Leighton <helphand@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2006 19:52:13 -0800
  • Message-id: <200604072052.13596.helphand@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On Friday 07 April 2006 3:29 am, Joachim Schrod wrote:
> Scott Leighton wrote:
> > cron uses the directory timestamps to decide whether or not
> > to reload crontabs. The various important directories that it monitors
> > include /etc/cron.d, /etc/cron.daily, /etc/cron.hourly,
> > /etc/cron.monthly and the user crontabs at /var/spool/cron/tabs
> Almost. :-)
> cron monitors directory timestamp of /etc/cron.d and /var/spool/cron/tabs
> and the file timestamp of /etc/crontab. This is explained in the man page
> of cron, in the 3rd paragraph.

Empirical evidence says the man page is incomplete. The timestamps
of the /etc/cron.{d,daily,hourly,monthly} directories are most certainly
monitored on the systems I have here. If the directory timestamp is
updated, the the files in the directory are examined and any changed
ones are reloaded by the cron daemon. Test it yourself, you'll see
RELOAD messages in your log from the daemon.

> cron does not monitor /etc/cron.{daily,hourly,monthly}. These scripts are
> executed by /usr/lib/cron/run-crons which is called in /etc/crontab every
> 15 minutes.

Almost. ;-)

run-crons tests for the presence of lockfiles, it has nothing to do with
the cached scripts that crond is dealing with. run-crons will trigger the
deletion of the lockfiles, that in turn causes crond to execute the cached
files. All of which has absolutely nothing to do with my problem.

> While I'm at it: The actual time when daily jobs are executed is determined
> by the creation time stamp of /var/spool/cron/lastrun/cron.daily. Since
> this is the creation time stamp, one cannot change the time by touching the
> file. Instead, one must remove it with an at job. (Which is a brain-dead
> design decision, IMHO.)

Yes, that one bit me in the butt months and months ago... there's a few
threads in the archive on that subject. I agree, the design is poor, but I
kinda understand why they made the decision since a lot of systems (laptops
in particular) aren't running 24/7.


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