8.1: Cron ignoring crontab updates

patrick gibblertron at gmail.com
Thu Sep 2 20:10:37 UTC 2010

I recently upgraded a FreeBSD 7.0 system to 8.1-RELEASE (via
freebsd-update) and am experiencing the strangest cron problem I have
ever seen.

My cron jobs run, but if I make any changes to my crontab, cron does
not pick them up; it continues to operate based on the snapshot of
crontabs it loaded when cron was started up. If I restart cron
(/etc/rc.d/cron restart), the changes are then picked up, but again,
any subsequent changes are ignored. I don't see any issues with the
permissions, and when I edit a crontab, it says "crontab: installing
new crontab", and the /var/log/cron log shows BEGIN EDIT, REPLACE, and

I'm somewhat at a loss to figure out where the disconnect is, and it's
impractical for me to have to restart cron any time any user updates
their crontab. Has anyone come across this?


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