Re: Trouble with cron
I am a Debian newb, coming from Slackware, and am trying to set up a
cronjob as a user. In other systems all I did was crontab -e and then
added the job. After if I ran crontab -l it was listed right there
ready to go. However, this is not working in Debian. Cron is
installed and running, but when I enter the command and save it
crontab -l lists nothing at all, and nothing runs. Is there some step
I am overlooking? I have never had to do otherwise before, and have
tried reading online for Debian specific tips, but so far everything
comes back the same as I would expect. But, still, no cronjob.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
debian's crontab works (almost) like with any other distribution.
Which editor are you using? Please do a
On my system it shows
johannes2:/etc/alternatives# ll /etc/alternatives/editor
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2006-09-25 09:05 /etc/alternatives/editor ->
since I configured nano as the default editor. I suspect that you might
unknowingly run an unfamiliar editor and might unknowingly quit without
You can change it to your favourite editor (provided it is installed) by
update-alternatives --config editor
In contrast to other distributions, in debian one can configure
different alternatives for common tasks.
On my sytem, eg., there are 6 alternatives for an editor and
3 alternatives for different versions of ghostscript.
HTH, regards Johannes