Crontab error mails

Peter Elsner peter at
Wed Aug 20 11:27:03 PDT 2003

That is the format for the system crontab.  /etc/crontab

root has its own crontab entry (under /root).

user crontabs have a different format then the system crontab.

Remove the root from that line, and it should work.

Peter Elsner

At 09:19 PM 8/20/2003 +0300, you wrote:
>Hi all!
>What did I do wrong here; I edited /etc/crontab by adding two lines for 
>execution and I think I even added then syntactically correct. I ran (just 
>like Handbook told to do) crontab /etc/crontab. Now I get emails that say:
>Subject: Cron <root at silakka> root       /usr/libexec/atrun
>root: not found
>root is the user that should run the lines. Here is a line from crontab:
># make full backup weekly
>00     4       *       *       7       root    /usr/local/sbin/full_backup
>I commented out the lines that I added but still I get lines like that...
>Any help? Thanks!
>Johan Paul
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