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Re Crontab Entry Editing

From: Morgan Ives
Subject: Re Crontab Entry Editing
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 15:11:30 -0600
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Brian Seppanen address@hidden wrote:

Has anyone successfully been able to define a process that safely can modify cron using cfengine?

I assume that you are talking about crontab entries not "/usr/bin/crontab".
I routinely use "editfiles" to add, change and delete crontab entries in
Solaris, AIX, HPUX and Red Hat. After runnning the "editfiles" you must run a "shellcommands" to cause the update. For example in solaris:

  /usr/bin/crontab  /var/spool/cron/crontabs/<user account>

In Red Hat, you might want to delete the comment lines like
 # (/tmp/crontab.dPWWsC/crontab installed on Thu Jul 22 16:15:44 2004)
 # (Cron version -- $Id: crontab.c,v 2.13 1994/01/17 03:20:37 vixie Exp $)
during the "editfiles" section. Otherwise they can build up.


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