Crontab @reboot directive

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Tue Apr 22 21:53:51 UTC 2008

On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 05:03:41PM -0400, Robert Huff wrote:

> andrew clarke writes:
> >  > > @reboot /usr/local/bin/fetchmail -d 120
> >  > 
> >  > Is there a specific reason that you choose to do that rather than
> >  > starting it by adding: fetchmail_enable="YES" to the /etc/rc.conf file?
> >  
> >  Since I have root access on that machine, yes I could do that.  But
> >  for my particular setup I couldn't see any advantage.  Plus, the less
> >  I need to edit system-wide config files, the better, I think.
> 	I'm confused: how is /etc/rc.conf any more a "system-wide
> config file" than /etc/crontab?

I think it would be a matter of convention and way of speaking.  
Configuration settings values are done in /etc/rc.conf.

The crontab file contains directions to run specific things at 
specific times.   Setting these things up is a type of configuration
activity, of course, but not the way it is in rc.conf.


> 				Robert Huff
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