[Techtalk] Any difference in crontab listing

Carla Schroder carla at bratgrrl.com
Tue Jul 12 07:08:13 EST 2005

On Monday 11 July 2005 1:49 pm, Lucky Lady wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to set up a cron job (shell script). I know
> there are two ways to do this. I can directly edit my
> crontab list, or I can create, save, and load a text
> file with my crontab entries. Is there any difference
> in these two methods? Is one way better than the
> other?
> TIA,
> DaLy

Not much difference. I prefer editing /etc/crontab for simple things. The 
advantage of using the crontab command is individual users can set up their 
own. /etc/crontab is editable only by the root user.


Carla Schroder
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