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Re: New virtual package: cron-daemon

On 02-Jun-04, 08:38 (CDT), Adam Byrtek / Alpha <alpha@informatica.agh.edu.pl> wrote: 
> On Tue, Jun 01, 2004 at 11:16:28AM -0500, Steve Greenland wrote:
> > "cron-daemon" implies a specific interface, which is useful.
> > "periodic-exec-daemon" does not, and isn't.
> But the meaning of 'cron-daemon' is easier to figure out for users.

Apparently I wasn't clear: I strongly prefer "cron-daemon" to

> > Does hc-cron really replace vixie cron? It supports /etc/cron.d/?
> > Provides a compatible crontab command? Runs setgid? Can I replace my
> > cron binary with hc-cron, and have it work with existing
> > /var/spool/cron/crontab entries?
> hc-cron is a slightly modified version of vixie-cron, based on its
> source, so it has all of its functionality.

But has it kept up with the Debian version? There was a significant
incompatible update in permissions last september, was hc-cron
updated? Likewise, *all* the current vixie-cron implementations have
diverged significantly from upstream; if hc-cron is based on the
source from Paul Vixie's site, it has problems...

I'm asking here because googling for 'hc-cron' produces only random
references, there doesn't seem to be a home site, unless it's this:


in which case there hasn't been a release since 2001, nor has there
been a (non-spam) post to the devel list since then.

I'm not against there being an alternative cron implementation, but
th last thing we need is vixie-cron derivative that is *also* dead

Trust me, you do not want to be stuck maintaining that code base.

Steve Greenland
    The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating
    system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the
    world.       -- seen on the net

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