Re: Bug#251980: ITP: hc-cron -- A cron daemon for home computers
Graham Wilson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 01, 2004 at 01:06:48AM +0200, Adam Byrtek wrote:
>> * Package name : hc-cron
>> Version : 0.15
>> Upstream Author : Felix Braun <email@example.com>
>> * URL : http://freshmeat.net/projects/hc-cron/
>> * License : GPL
>> Description : A cron daemon for home computers
>> It runs specified jobs at periodic intervals and will remember the
>> time when it was shut down and catch up jobs that have occurred
>> during down time when it is started again. Hc-cron is based on the
>> widely used vixie-cron and uses the same crontab format so that it
>> can be used as a drop-in replacement for that program.
> How is this different from using cron and anacron?
That is obvious, isn't it? ;-)
* anacron does not provide (its own subset of) these features for
anybody else but root, as only root can modify /etc/anacrontab.
* anacron does not use "the same crontab format" it uses its own one.
* Anacron does not provide means to run job a at 3 AM and job b at 4 AM
if the computer is running at that time and at a bootup otherwise.
hc-cron seems to be similar to fcron with the added bonus that it is a
drop-in replacement for cron.
Adam, "catch up jobs that have occurred during down time when it is
started again" is either inexact or useless. - e.g. for
*/30 2-5 * * * * foo
I usually wouldn't want cron to catch up these jobs by running foo six
times after bootup if I switched off the computer overnight.
NMUs aren't an insult, they're not an attack, and they're
not something to avoid or be ashamed of.
Anthony Towns in 2004-02 on debian-devel