cron can't find root or operator
wmoran at potentialtech.com
Thu May 20 17:12:18 PDT 2004
> --- Bill Moran <wmoran at potentialtech.com> wrote:
>>You've got a user's crontab created in the format of the system
>>The system crontab has an extra field to designate the user under
>>the job should run. When this field is entered in a user's crontab,
>>cron interprets it as the command to be run and the errors you
>>Keep in mind that the user "root" has a user crontab that is
>>from the system crontab.
>>If you're still fuzzy as to what went wrong, reading the man pages
>>crontab (in addition to my explanation) should help.
> I see in the Handbook in section 6.6.1 that I should run crontab
> crontab to create a new crontab, which I did, in the /etc directory, as
Yeah, it does look like it says that, doesn't it? It doesn't really, and
you shouldn't have done that ...
> Thus the crontab file in /etc looks like this -
> After reading the man page and the one page in the manual I don't know
> what to do to fix this -
What you did was install the system crontab as a user. Log in as the
user you executed "crontab crontab" as, and enter "crontab -r". That
will remove the crontab for that user.
On a related note. I'm going to make some changes to that section of
the handbook in an attempt to clarify it. Do you mind if I contact you
directly to get your feedback on whether or not my changes make that
chapter easier to understand?
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