Subject: Re: Looking for HowTo instructions ...
To: Manuel Bouyer <email@example.com>
From: Andrew Reilly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/03/2006 06:25:05
On Mon, Oct 02, 2006 at 08:21:30PM +0200, Manuel Bouyer wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 02, 2006 at 12:02:34AM -0300, Marc G. Fournier wrote:
> > The point of using periodic, at least under FreeBSD, is that there is a
> > 'report' that is issued at the end of the monthly periodic run letting the
> > admin know the status of various things on their servers ...
> > So, for instance, it would give them a monthly reminder that the script
> > *is* running on their machine ...
> The standard output and errors of cron jobs is mailed to the owner of the
> cron tab. I'm not sure what periodic can do more in this area.
It just saves you from getting multiple messages. Putting a
script in /etc/periodic/monthly is exactly the same as adding
that script onto/into /etc/monthly.local. In fact, FreeBSD still
has /etc/monthly.local, which is run by /etc/monthly/999.local.
Part of the "adding and removing scripts from directories is
easier for the package management system than sed scripts"
theory, I suspect.