[Bug 13] fcron-1.1.1

jbauman at adsl-63-193-249-142.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net jbauman at adsl-63-193-249-142.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net
Mon Aug 27 22:57:14 PDT 2001

On Mon, Aug 27, 2001 at 05:43:23PM -0700, blfs-bugs at linuxfromscratch.org wrote:
> http://blfs-bugs.linuxfromscratch.org/show_bug.cgi?id=13
> ------- Additional Comments From markh at linuxfromscratch.org  2001-08-27 17:43 -------
> I'm considering changing this to dcron instead.  Could we have comments (NOT a 
> flamewar) on which cron is best maintained to include in the book.

Mark, I can't say that I know dcron, but I'm having success running fcron on 
my LFS based machine. I believe I remember that  
you had a concern with its syntax, but there is a compatibility mode that will 
allow using the same syntax in crontabs as vixiecron. I've been running it
for several months without any problems, but I don't have extensive cron jobs 
running. My one serious complaint with fcron is the installation, which 
requires a bunch of information to be entered interactively, so will be more 
difficult to script. That may not be an issue for us in BLFS, but I script 
all my installs, and ALFS, if it is extended to take in BLFS as well as LFS 
may find it more problematic than most installations.

Also, fcron does seem to be actively maintained, and the native syntax for 
crontab entries that it uses is actually fairly nice once you get accustomed 
to it.

I would like to hear about people's experiences with dcron. If it isn't of 
general interest on the list, then if anyone would be so kind as to send me 
mail directly on this subject, I would appreciate it.

Mark, if you could tell us the reasons for considering the switch, people 
may be able to provide information that would address those concerns.
Jeff Bauman
jbauman at adsl-63-193-249-142.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net

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