Edit Crontab

vi ~/.crontab && crontab ~/.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)

By: micha
2009-08-16 08:09:15

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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
markoval · 640 weeks and 5 days 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.
capnb0b · 640 weeks and 4 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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