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Re: system has started e-mailing me, cron demon

David selby wrote:

Hello mate,

Ive been quiet for a couple of days, trying things & looking for the results next morning, found out a few things .. think I have cracked it.

/etc/cron.d/anacron & /etc/anacrontab are not duplicate .... I found this by accident.

/etc/cron.d/anacron is the system crontab
/etc/anacrontab is the users crontab !

Once I moved my times around, I have

/etc/anacrontab, the user crontab, at 1:05am calling mozilla mail (without a & at the end !), So till I kill it I assume it is keeping crontab running.

/etc/cron.d/anacron, the system crontab, at 1:30am calling an auto backup script, last 5-10 mins

I get mail at 1:30am, QED !

I have made mozilla mail run with a &, ie background ... will see what happens tonight


Not sure if anyone is still looking at this thread, above plan failed !

/etc/cron.d/anacron start, produces ...

web@debian:~$ /etc/init.d/anacron start
Starting anac(h)ronistic cron: anacron.

which is my system e-mail, so my guess is when I changed MAILTO=web I just started getting it.
Now changing /etc/cron.d/anacron to ...
# /etc/anacron: crontab entries for the anacron package


30 1 * * * root test -x /etc/init.d/anacron && /etc/init.d/anacron start >/dev/n

Will see how it goes ...

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