Problem with cron

Joe Zeff joe at
Sat Mar 23 23:34:34 UTC 2013

On 03/23/2013 04:20 PM, Steven Stern wrote:
> Sometimes we just have to bite the bullet.  You're trying to add ONE
> LINE to crontab.  Just do it.  Or....
> Stop the cron process
> edit /var/spool/yourid  (with your favorite editor as root via sudo)

Sorry, but I don't use sudo.  Ever.  In fact, when I did a clean install 
on my laptop, I made sure it wasn't included.  If I need to be root, I 
know and understand how su works.

> Start the cron process

Better yet:

EDITOR=nano crontab -e

worked just fine.  Why?  Who knows; It Just Worked.

However, the new item didn't run when expected.  (I'd set it to run 
about ten minutes after the edit.)  I'm not sure, at this point, if cron 
is actually active or not.

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