Question about ports adding cronjobs

Kris Kennaway kris at
Wed Jun 18 09:49:26 UTC 2008

David Hawthorne wrote:
> I have a piece of software I've been working on that gathers stats about 
> the local host and shoves them into rrd files, with an accompanying web 
> front-end page that generates pretty graphs from the RRDs on demand.  I 
> have a package done up for it, and I'd like to add it to the ports tree 
> eventually, but I'm stuck on how to get it to automagically add the 
> cronjob to have the stats gathering script run every five minutes, and I 
> don't know of any ports that add cronjobs off the top of my head to go 
> look at.
> Is there an approved standard for doing this?  It doesn't have to be as 
> root, either, it can run under a different user.  Any advice on how to 
> get the port to add the user (and remove it properly when the port is 
> deinstalled) properly and securely would be appreciated as well.

Don't do it automatically.  Provide a script that allows users to do it 
if they want.


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