Problem with cron

Michael D. Setzer II mikes at
Sat Mar 23 21:57:03 UTC 2013

On 23 Mar 2013 at 14:43, Joe Zeff wrote:

Date sent:      	Sat, 23 Mar 2013 14:43:44 -0700
From:           	Joe Zeff <joe at>
To:             	Community support for Fedora users 
<users at>
Subject:        	Re: Problem with cron

> On 03/23/2013 11:56 AM, Steven Stern wrote:
> > One of those things that can bite you in the butt is that the
> > environment for /bin/sh might be different than than in /bin/bash,
> > especially as invoked by cron.
> Somebody suggested adding something new to crontab and seeing if it
> works.  I tried it.  Alas, even though I have both EDITOR and VISUAL
> set in both .bashrc and .bash_profile, crontab -e insists on invoking
> vi, an editor that I despise, and refuse to learn.  (I prefer nano,
> and have that set as my default editor for EVERYTHING in a terminal.) 
> Does anybody know how to force crontab to do what I want, not what
> it's author wants? -- users mailing list users at

What is showing in the /var/log/cron file?

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