System crontab

Dominic Mitchell dom at
Tue May 6 13:13:20 BST 2003

On Tue, May 06, 2003 at 12:28:31PM +0100, Dimitrios wrote:
> On Tue, 06 May 2003 12:07:51 +0100 adyas at wrote:
> > Does anyone know why the system crontab is kept in /etc/ and not in 
> > /var/cron/tabs/?  I'm used to Solaris where all the cron tabs are in one 
> > place which seems more consistent.
> The crontab has always been there as far as i know, for both fbsd and linux.

Well, you can have a /var/cron/tabs/root *as well*, just to make life
confusing.  :-)

The difference about the one in /etc/crontab is that you can specify a
username to run under.


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