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Re: how to add stuff to crontab without using crontab -e



On Monday, Apr 13th 2009 at 12:08 -0000, quoth Antonio Olivares:

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=>--- On Mon, 4/13/09, Steven W. Orr <steveo syslang net> wrote:
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=>> From: Steven W. Orr <steveo syslang net>
=>> Subject: Re: how to add stuff to crontab without using crontab -e
=>> To: olivares14031 yahoo com, "Fedora List" <fedora-list redhat com>
=>> Date: Monday, April 13, 2009, 8:57 AM
=>> On Sunday, Apr 12th 2009 at 23:23 -0000, quoth Antonio
=>> Olivares:
=>> 
=>> =>
=>> =>Dear fellow Fedora users,
=>> =>
=>> =>I want to know if it is possible to edit/append to
=>> crontab without using crontab -e.  I have about 10 machines
=>> running Fedora and at the end of the day I have to manually
=>> power them off (shutdown).  For a while, I started thinking
=>> about it, well I can make a crontab to shutdown the machines
=>> at a certain time:
=>> =>
=>> =>Edit crontab to shutdown machines from student account
=>> at 4:15 every day(Monday-Friday) at school :)  This way I
=>> don't have to shut them down myself :)
=>> =>
=>> =>$ which poweroff
=>> =>
=>> =>
=>> =>If crontab is empty I want to add the following to it,
=>> so that the machines can shutdown by themselves at 4:15 pm. 
=>> 
=>> =>
=>> =># min hour day-of-month month day-of-week command
=>> =>15 16 * * 1-5 /usr/bin/poweroff  >& /dev/null
=>> =>
=>> =>I can manually type this for each of the 12 machines,
=>> but I thought it would be more efficient to do something
=>> like
=>> =>
=>> =>#!/bin/bash
=>> =>#
=>> =>crontab -e << "# min hour day-of-month
=>> month day-of-week command" \
=>> =>"15 16 * * 1-5 /usr/bin/poweroff  >&
=>> /dev/null " \
=>> =>EOF >>
=>> =>
=>> =>or something similar to apply it to all machines via a
=>> usb stick and avoid the typing. How can I correct the above
=>> script to do the job, if there is way to do it.
=>> =>
=>> =>I have done it manually and it will work, but how can
=>> I do it with a script to do it more efficiently?  
=>> =>
=>> =>Thank you in advance for your
=>> help/guidance/suggestions/advice.
=>> =>
=>> =>Regards,
=>> =>
=>> =>Antonio 
=>> =>
=>> 
=>> There have been a number of answers to your problem, none
=>> of which I like.
=>> 
=>> Your crontab is handwritten source code and needs to be
=>> treated as such. 
=>> You may not appreciate what I'm telling you until you
=>> actually one day 
=>> lose your crontab. Edit a file in your home directory
=>> called ~/.crontab 
=>> and use whatever editor you like. Make your crontab ref
=>> whatever programs 
=>> you want and then when your done, just run
=>> 
=>> crontab < ~/.crontab
=>> 
=>> to install it. You can check to see that it worked by just
=>> running 
=>> crontab -l
=>> 
=>> Does this help?
=>> 
=>> -- 
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=>To be honest, I like all the answers provided and I like yours too!, 
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=>Only 1 question, what would you do in a case where you get something like
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=>$ crontab -l
=>Authentication service cannot retrieve authentication info
=>You (olivares) are not allowed to access to (crontab) because of pam configuration.
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=>How would you deal with it?
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=>I encountered this on rawhide and despite the fixes by selinux, I cannot access my crontab there(I know fedora-test-list redhat com for rawhide/testing), but what I had there still works, but I cannot change it :(
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=>Regards,
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=>Antonio 

Now you're asking a totally different question. Someone with admin privs 
may or may not want to add you to cron.allow


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