I attempted to run various cron jobs as root - just general server make-tidy stuff. But if I edit the /etc/crontab file directly, these tasks don't get run. However, if I use crontab -e as root, these jobs appear to work. Any idea why this might be the case?
Also, I understand that user cron jobs are stored in /var/spool/cron/<user> (including root). If this is the case, what's the purpose of the /etc/crontab file?
Thanks for any enlightenment