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Network how to save crontab

how does one save changes in crontab? i am using vi editor. Issued crontab -e command on the prompt. however not sure how to save changes. :wq doesnt work. any idea....
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If your EDITOR isn't set, then just type q to get back to the prompt. If EDITOR is vi, then hitting the escape key, :, wq should work.
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still doesnt work

I tried following
$ crontab -l
#00 20 * * * /u02/app/oracle/admin/PROD/scripts/db_bkup.ksh
#5,20,35,50 6-19 * * * /u02/app/oracle/admin/PROD/scripts/db_move_out_logs.ksh
#00 20 * * * /u02/app/oracle/admin/PROD2/scripts/db_bkup.ksh
#5,20,35,50 6-19 * * * /u02/app/oracle/admin/PROD2/scripts/db_move_out_logs.ksh

$ crontab -e
284
1 * * * * /u12/archive/rm_archive.sh
?
q
The crontab file was not changed.
$

EDITOR=vi doesnt help either. is it possible to locate the crontab file and write directly to it? thanks a lot
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You need to set your EDITOR variable.

If you are using sh or ksh
$ EDITOR=vi
$ export EDITOR
$ crontab -e

If you are using csh
% setenv EDITOR vi
% crontab -e

If you are using some other type of shell, please post which one (although one of those two suggestions should work for other shells).
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able to make changes

hi..thanks a lot. i was able to make changes. however its not running. how do I find out if cron even executed?

my entry looks like this.

1 * * * * /u12/archive/rm_arch.sh

now this should execute every minute.. but its not doing anything. thanks a lot.
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hi..thanks a lot. i was able to make changes. however its not running. how do I find out if cron even executed?

my entry looks like this.

1 * * * * /u12/archive/rm_arch.sh

now this should execute every minute.. but its not doing anything. thanks a lot.
That should run once an hour. Change the 1 to an asterisk for every minute.
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perfect

it runs.. how can change my entry to run every half hour?

new entry:


* * * * * /u12/archive/rm_arch.sh


its interesting SUN's website shows first entry is for minutes. why it didnt work when I put 1 in the first place?

old entry
1 * * * * /u12/archive/rm_arch.sh

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