Originally Posted by cooljai
In our CentOS 5 box, there are around 25 cronjobs running. Sometimes we needs to comment out all jobs to test something and then uncomment (enable) again.
Just want to confirm here that It would be good to stop crond and start again when required instead of comment/uncomment crons? Of course, it might affect other (system) crons but the duration of such process is very short (and only in daytime) so it should not hamper normal operation.
Stopping CRON won't hurt anything, aside from any jobs that might need to run.
If you don't have user-crons, but just one global crontab, stopping cron will get the job done, and shouldn't cause any problems.