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gentoo fcron and system crontab

After a new install of gentoo with fcron-3 :

  • there is no /etc/crontab file ; and is it wanted (by default).
  • also, system crontab must not be setup in root crontab’s, but in systab  crontab, using the check_system_crontabs tool.
  • finally, note that by default, /etc/cron.* is not handled by fcron.

So, if you wanna to add support for /etc/cron.* you can :

  • Add this line in a new /etc/crontab (or in an existing if there is no equivalent lines already) :
%hourly * /bin/run-parts /etc/cron.hourly
%daily * * /bin/run-parts /etc/cron.daily
%weekly * * /bin/run-parts /etc/cron.weekly
%monthly * * * /bin/run-parts /etc/cron.monthly
  • Last point do nothing, just a file is updated, not any crontab.
  • Now you call the tool :
check_system_crontabs -v -i -f
  • This command will create or update dynamically the crontab of the systab user (needed by fcron for system crontab, created by the gentoo ebuild)
  • You can after check that the generated systab crontab is the concatenation of your /etc/crontab, any /etc/cron.d/ entry, and a call to the check_system_crontabs tool himself to update – if needed – the crontab – every ten minutes (in fact, for this laspoint, he use the content of /etc/fcron/fcrontab file) :
fcrontab -usystab -l