System crontab

Paul Richards paul at
Fri May 9 13:21:49 BST 2003

On Tue, May 06, 2003 at 12:07:51PM +0100, adyas at wrote:
> Hi,
> 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 /etc/crontab is for system jobs and /var/cron/tabs for user
jobs, even if one of those users is root. This is kind of a convention
as much as anything else and generally /etc/crontab shouldn't ever
be touched unless you want to change some default OS task. If
you want to add your own root jobs then use /var/cron/tabs using
crontab -e as normal.

Paul Richards

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