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Sabtu, 08 September 2012

Unix Tip: ACCIDENTS WITH CRONTAB

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Unix Tip 3500 - September 8, 2012

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ACCIDENTS WITH CRONTAB

Ever typed the crontab
command and forgot
the -l option?

That's kinda dangerous,
for if you hit ctrl-D
to get back to the
prompt, your crontab's
gone.

To prevent this, make a
script with the following
contents:

#!/bin/ksh
if [[ $# -eq 0 ]] ; then
echo "crontab: no option specified. Aborted."
exit 2
else
/usr/bin/crontab "$@"
fi


Make sure the script is
executable and put it in
a directory that's in your
PATH BEFORE the /usr/bin
directory.

Now if you type crontab
without option or filename,
you'll just get an error
message. If you want to pipe
some stuff to crontab, you
still can do it like this:

% somecommand | crontab -


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