[kwlug-disc] best practices: running cron jobs as root?

john at netdirect.ca john at netdirect.ca
Tue Sep 22 14:02:20 EDT 2009

I use the /etc/crontab file and cron.d dirs for administrative jobs. Crontabs is for users. 

I could give you my justification but it's subtle. 
John Van Ostrand CTO, co-CEO
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert P. J. Day" [rpjday at crashcourse.ca]
Sent: 09/22/2009 01:47 PM AST
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Subject: [kwlug-disc] best practices:  running cron jobs as root?

  a philosophical question -- do people have any strong opinions on
running system-related cron jobs as personal "root" cron jobs?   that
is, submitting them via "crontab" while logged in as root so that
they're owned by the root account?

  personally, i've always felt that, if you're an admin and setting up
cron jobs to run on behalf of the system (backups, etc.), they should
be added to the appropriate files under /etc.  i think the root
account should be used for as little as possible.



Robert P. J. Day                               Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA

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