[arch-dev-public] Replacing dcron

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Wed Sep 23 00:04:22 EDT 2009

Thomas Bächler 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.

All cron's seem to have no releases in recent years...  so I doubt that 
can be used to choose.   So features seem the way to go.  For those that 
want a fairly good guide to the different crons, check out 

I remember fcron from my LFS days, so I am happy using it.   when a 
decision is not obvious, select from nostalgia. :P


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