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Old 10-02-2009
disable cron job

Hi all,

I am not the unix person but have to disable cron job on the server

I typed crontab -l to list the job there is one job
then i tried crontab -e and got one result 100 ( i do not know what that means)

how can i disable the job to run i want to disable the job.

Please show me step to save and exit from the job edit as well.

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Old 10-02-2009

What do you mean "one result 100"?

When you typed "crontab -e", what exactly happened?

Which OS, which shell are you using (echo $0).

If you can't be bothered with any of that, cfajohnson has a good suggestion here:


Last edited by Scott; 10-02-2009 at 04:57 PM..
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Old 10-02-2009
on the crontab -e i get 100 there is just one job on the cron list though
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Old 10-02-2009


crontab -l | sed '/./ s/^/#/' | crontab -

It will comment out (disable) all cronjobs - as there is only one, it will disable that one. If there's more than one, replace /./ with /_some_string_that_uniquely_identifes_the_job_I_want_to_disable/ where _some_string_that_uniquely_identifes_the_job_I_want_to_disable is some string that uniquely identifies the job that you want to disable.

Last edited by Scott; 10-02-2009 at 05:07 PM..
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