[arch-dev-public] Cron

Paul Mattal paul at mattal.com
Wed Jan 6 00:31:30 EST 2010

On 01/04/2010 02:43 AM, Tobias Powalowski wrote:
> Am Montag 04 Januar 2010 schrieb Paul Mattal:
>> On 01/03/2010 08:52 PM, Paul Mattal wrote:
>>> Do others have specific experiences with bcron to relate? I know some
>>> folks like Dan and Thomas have chosen fcron, and maybe for good reason
>>> other than just features; if you have war stories, please share.
>> Several other relevant items have come to my attention, so I'm sharing:
>> 1. fcron supports /etc/cron.d via a script which collects those entries
>> into its own format. The script is out-of-date enough to recommend using
>> dnotify to run it, but perhaps it would be efficient enough
>> otherwise-employed.
>> 2. Jim Pryor has forked dcron 3.2 as yacron. This is a new option:
>> yacron
>> http://repo.or.cz/w/yacron.git
>> -----
>> advantages:
>> * little work (fork of existing dcron)
>> * simple, small, mature
>> * familiar/standard crontab format (even more like vixie)
>> * supports /etc/cron.d
>> * logs to syslog
>> disadvantages:
>> * not widely tested
>> I'd really feel more comfortable pushing this if it were more tested,
>> but that's a catch-22, I guess. Jim states he's willing to support and
>> update yacron in response to feedback and new upstream dcron releases,
>> should they come.
>> 3. dcron apparently does support /etc/cron.d from 3.1 on, so that was
>> inaccurate in my original roundup. (thanks for pointing that out, Jim)
>> - P
> I'm pretty undecided here, i took cron because it was orphaned a real long
> time ago.
> I would be happy if someone could take this cron stuff, because i don't use
> cronjobs on any of my machines.

I will take over dcron. We're hoping to replace it soon, but in the 
interim, I will knock out simple bugs like the optdepend.


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