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Question Users who desire to have their .profile executed must explicitly do so in the crontab entry. Why?

The .profile file should be read when the user logs in. So, there should be no need to execute .profile file again in a cron job (since the cron job is run after the user logs in). Doesn't the cron require login from the user. Then, from where does the cron execute? Please help!!
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Please combine this question with your other one. No need to clutter the forums, and for closely related questions like these you'll probably get more accurate information.

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