[arch-dev-public] Replacing dcron

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Tue Sep 22 16:03:13 EDT 2009

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 2:54 PM, Thomas Bächler <thomas at archlinux.org> wrote:
> Aaron Griffin schrieb:
>>> Another suggestion was vixie-cron - personally I have been using fcron on
>>> LFS since 2001 or 2002 and later on Arch, and have been happy with it all
>>> those 8 or 9 years. Whatever we do by default, I will keep on using
>>> fcron.
>> It sounds like you're a little hesitant about this. What are our
>> options here? fcron, bcron, vixie-cron?
> I wasn't planning on sounding hesitant. I only know fcron and never used
> vixie or bcron. fcron is very small, fcrontabs are compatible with
> traditional crontabs, but have an optional extended syntax that supports
> many advanced features. Did I mention that it is still pretty small?
> The only thing that one might worry about is that people might say fcron is
> "unmaintained" - but then I haven't seen a single bug or missing feature in
> the current release, so maybe this apparent lack of maintenance is a result
> from a lack of need for maintenance.

I run fcron on at least one of my boxes; I don't even know becuase it
has been so worry-free. It just works and the extended syntax is nice
(e.g. running things on boot).


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