8.1: Cron ignoring crontab updates

perryh at pluto.rain.com perryh at pluto.rain.com
Fri Sep 3 08:23:32 UTC 2010

Chris Rees <utisoft at gmail.com> wrote:

> You have to SIGHUP cron, not restart it.
> # killall -HUP cron

Isn't crontab(1) supposed to do that, without separate intervention?

> On 2 Sep 2010 21:11, "patrick" <gibblertron at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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 ...
> Has anyone come across this?

Yes, so long ago I no longer remember which Unix flavor it was on.
Could have been SunOs 3.5 or 4.x, some version of Solaris, UnixWare,
or even FreeBSD 4.x.

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