crontab root not found

Timms, Simon STimms at
Fri Jun 27 08:25:37 PDT 2003

Sure thing, here is the file.  But the line I added (right at the bottom) is
commented out. BTW I am running 5.1 release.  I also get operator not found
when it tries to run the second entry.

# /etc/crontab - root's crontab for FreeBSD
# $FreeBSD: src/etc/crontab,v 1.32 2002/11/22 16:13:39 tom Exp $
#minute hour    mday    month   wday    who     command
*/5     *       *       *       *       root    /usr/libexec/atrun
# Save some entropy so that /dev/random can re-seed on boot.
*/11    *       *       *       *       operator /usr/libexec/save-entropy
# Rotate log files every hour, if necessary.
0       *       *       *       *       root    newsyslog
# Perform daily/weekly/monthly maintenance.
1       3       *       *       *       root    periodic daily
15      4       *       *       6       root    periodic weekly
30      5       1       *       *       root    periodic monthly
# Adjust the time zone if the CMOS clock keeps local time, as opposed to
# UTC time.  See adjkerntz(8) for details.
1,31    0-5     *       *       *       root    adjkerntz -a

# Run portupgrade
#*      2       *       *       *       root

-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Arnold [mailto:jdarnold at]
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2003 9:18 AM
To: Timms, Simon
Cc: freebsd-questions at
Subject: Re: crontab root not found

> I seem to be having some trouble with cron.  I edited my crontab file and
> added a line then ran 
> #crontab /etc/crontab
> Now my email box is full of "cron root not found".  Nonsense, I said, I am

I'd say you should post the new line you added to cron. Sounds like
you have the formatting incorrectlying, and it is trying to run a
bogus command called either 'cron' or 'root'.

Jonathan Arnold     (mailto:jdarnold at
Daemon Dancing in the Dark, a FreeBSD blog:


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