Subject: Re: /var/cron -> /etc/cron
To: Brian Buhrow <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/02/1999 16:21:43
On Thu, 1 Apr 1999, Brian Buhrow wrote:

> Also, most other systems put cron in /var,
> somewhere, and I feel like this is just another gratuitous difference from
> every other *nix implementation out there.

Well, not really. Cron has moved around a lot. Back when we had
only one crontab, it used to live in /etc, actually: /etc/crontab.

Regardless, this isn't an issue at all for end-users, since they
use crontab(1) to edit their crontabs anyay. Even root does this;
the only reason root has to know where /etc/cron or /var/cron is
is to edit the allow and deny files, which are not really standard
features across all Unix systems anyway.

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