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# 1  
Old 07-31-2009
Reload user crontab file

Hi Guys,

Our user crontab files are located at /var/spool/cron/crontabs.
I have to make some modifications to it.
I have all the crontab entries in a file called 'crontab.actual'. I made changes to this file and now I want to reload these changes from the crontab.actual file to my crontab file at /var/spool/cron/crontabs.

Could any of you suggest me how to reload the crontab file.

Thanks
# 2  
Old 07-31-2009
I would make a backup of the original crontab file for each user, then overwrite it with the new file.
To let cron(d) recognize the change, you can use maybe on Linux something like
Code:
$> /etc/init.d/cron
Usage: /etc/init.d/cron {start|stop|status|try-restart|restart|force-reload|reload|probe}

If you happen to be on AIX, just kill the cron demon since it will be restartet be the respawn inittab entry.
No idea which Unix/Linux you are using.
# 3  
Old 07-31-2009
Would this not do?:
Code:
crontab crontab.actual

# 4  
Old 07-31-2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by scottn
Would this not do?:
Code:
crontab crontab.actual


Do I also need to give username?
# 5  
Old 07-31-2009
Hi.

Sorry, I thought it was for the same user.

You can use:

Code:
su user -c "crontab file"


Last edited by Scott; 07-31-2009 at 11:09 AM..
# 6  
Old 07-31-2009
We are using solaris.

and our group name is "ems". The entry in the /var/spool/cron/crontabs is

Quote:
-rw------- 1 root ems 4987 Jun 22 12:00 ems

Now, I have to modify this crontab file ems.

I have a backup of this file, I took a copy of the backup file and the file is crontab.actual. I made chnages to this file and now want to reload the entire crontab.actual file.

please suggest.
# 7  
Old 07-31-2009
Does my previous suggestion not work? (I updated it perhaps after you first read it, but before you replied).
 

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