[Bug 13] fcron-1.1.1

Mark Hymers markh at linuxfromscratch.org
Tue Aug 28 18:55:51 PDT 2001

On Mon, 27, Aug, 2001 at 10:57:14PM -0700, jbauman at adsl-63-193-249-142.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net wrote:
> 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'm interested... I'll have another look at fcron then.  I'm about to
install a cron daemon on a server so I'll have another play and look at
the compatibility mode.  I must have managed to miss that last time...

> 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.
Actively maintained is good but I can't in all honesty say that I liked
the look of fcrons syntax... different strokes for different folks
> 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.
OK.. I'll own up ;-)

The reasons I was considering making the switch were personal:
1) I can't get my head around fcrons syntax (though I'll investigate
the compat mode)
2) I use dcron on my home system and it seems reliable

Not good reasons in the slightest...  If fcron really is better we'll go
with it and I'll shut up.  As I say, I'll investigate fcron again and
look at the syntax when I'm more awake than I am now.


Mark Hymers					 BLFS Project Leader
markh at linuxfromscratch.org

More information about the blfs-book mailing list