Newbie question: Why aren't my cron jobs running?

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Tue Jun 12 14:36:41 UTC 2012

Mark Felder <feld at> writes:

> On Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:06:21 -0500, Robert Bonomi
> <bonomi at> wrote:
>> Comment: using a leading zero on the numeric fields is a BAD IDEA(tm) -- 
>> you
>> are *strongly* encocuraged to remove them.  Yes, that means numbers
>> will not
>> be column aligned, but it is a small price to pay to avoid the
>> hair-tearing
>> that =will= ensue when using it bites you.
> Any other info on this? I've never heard of this before and I've never
> seen an issue using leading zeroes on the minutes value.

I don't have ready access to source at the moment, but I would expect
(like the normal C I/O functions) it will be interpreted as octal.

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