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Old 06-02-2011, 03:01 PM   #1
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cronie - something has changed

I recently made the leap from f9 to f14 and found a puzzling change. It was, for some time, that
many package cron jobs were placed in /etc/cron.* and /etc/crontab dictated when those would run (calling run-parts). Now in f14 I see the same familiar structure but /etc/crontab IS BLANK. So what is it now that shows the kickoff time for these jobs?
Old 06-02-2011, 06:24 PM   #2
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got it:

man 4 crontabs:

"Historically the crontab file contained configuration which called run-parts on files in cron.{daily,weekly,monthly} direc‐
tories. These jobs are now run indirectly through anacron to prevent conflicts between cron and anacron."


# /etc/anacrontab: configuration file for anacron

# See anacron(8) and anacrontab(5) for details.

# the maximal random delay added to the base delay of the jobs
# the jobs will be started during the following hours only

#period in days delay in minutes job-identifier command
1 5 cron.daily nice run-parts /etc/cron.daily
7 25 cron.weekly nice run-parts /etc/cron.weekly
@monthly 45 cron.monthly nice run-parts /etc/cron.monthly


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