Subject: Re: /var/cron -> /etc/cron
To: Curt Sampson <>
From: Simon Burge <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/02/1999 13:07:09
Curt Sampson wrote:

> I've got minor tweaks to various files so that the following
> conversions happen:
>     /var/cron/tabs	->	/etc/cron/tabs
>     /var/cron/log	->	/var/log/cron
> /var/cron itself disappears.
> The rationale behind this is that there's no reason to keep cron
> logfiles separate from other logfiles, and crontabs themselves are
> vital configuration information that should be preserved forever
> (rather than `spool' information), and thus belong in /etc.

Two things that come to mind:

 + read-only root filesystem, so users can't change their crontabs.
 + users can now fill / (which was true of /var was on the root f/s
   before anyway).

However, I'm for the change :-)