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Re: Bug#251980: ITP: hc-cron -- A cron daemon for home computers

On Wed, 2 Jun 2004 06:42, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <hmh@debian.org> wrote:
> > >  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.
> fcron can do all of this, it is stable, it has been in Debian for some time
> now, and it has SE Linux support and a friendly upstream which likes
> Debian.
> Why do we need hc-cron? What sets it appart from fcron?  Fcron uses its own
> binary format for the compiled crontabs, but the format for "fcrontabs"

There was a suggestion made that fcron be the standard cron in Fedora.


The conclusion was that having two packages providing the same functionality 
was not desired, and fcron isn't entirely compatible with Vixie cron so isn't 
a good upgrade path for Red Hat users.

Things are different in Debian.  There is no objection to having multiple 
packages doing almost the same thing, and there is less objection from the 
users to slight changes of functionality in upgrades.

> In fact, I bet fcron upstream would, should someone do most of the grunt
> work, be amicable to making sure fcron could work as a drop-in replacement
> for Debian cron (i.e. with all the Debian quirks).  I didn't have the time
> when I was maintaining it, and I don't think Russell Corker does either...
> but who knows :)

Correct, I don't have enough time to do all of this.  I can confirm that any 
patches you write for fcron which are good code will be well accepted by 
upstream.  If someone wants to work on fcron I will be happy to help them and 
vet any patches that are sent upstream if necessary (I've already sent quite 
a few patches to Thibault and we get along well).

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