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Edit Crontab

Terminal - Edit Crontab
vi ~/.crontab && crontab ~/.crontab
2009-08-16 08:09:15
User: micha
Functions: crontab vi
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Edit Crontab

this lets you edit a crontab file (which may be used as a backup as well) and insert this into your crontab. this way is especially handy, when multiple users are working on one account (e.g. root)

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Terminal - Alternatives
crontab -e

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What others think

The place of file .crontab is not defined.

"Each user can have their own crontab, and though these are files in /var, they are not intended to be edited directly." (man crontab)

crontab -e crontab -u user_name -e
Comment by markoval 301 weeks ago

It looks like what this command is doing is making a temporary file ~/.crontab and then loading it into the current user's crontab file. Sometimes I will do something like "vi ~/crontab.txt" and then when it looks nice I will do a "crontab ~/crontab.txt" to load it. This command looks like it simplifies this method a bit by putting both commands on the same line so as soon as you are done editing it, it loads the file.

Comment by capnb0b 301 weeks ago

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