Subject: Re: /var/cron -> /etc/cron
To: Ignatios Souvatzis <>
From: David Maxwell <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/08/1999 17:19:15
On Thu, Apr 08, 1999 at 09:48:33PM +0200, Ignatios Souvatzis wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 06, 1999 at 07:39:25PM -0300, David Maxwell wrote:
> > 	a) put the crontab in the users dir, and have the cron program
> > 'register' the file. That should deal with performance concerns, 
> > but it doesn't deal with NFS mounted home-dir issues. (although I
> > might argue that if cron tries to run a job for a user, and their
> > home-dir isn't available at the time, odd are the cron job may be
> > missing things it needs anyway.
> This is not the problem.
> The problem is "if the home directory is shared by the two dozen, or in 
> other cases 137, workstations in the pool, you dont want all jobs to run
> on all machines (with few exceptions)".

That wouldn't happen unless you ran the 'registrar' program on each of
the 137 machines. The other 136 wouldn't have a record that the file
exists.  However, yes, the crontab file format would need modification
to specify which host each line entry is for, otherwise you could only
have cron entries on one of your machines.

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