Monthly Archives: July 2012

fcron compatibility with vixie-cron’s /etc/cron.* directories

vixie-cron has cron.hourly, cron.daily, cron.weekly, and cron.monthly directories. Your system might have something slightly different.

If you’re like me, you’ve done your research on cron daemons, and found vixie-cron to not only be one of the more resource-hungry options, but also one of the less usable. The system has really gotten stale over time. fcron not only does everything vixie-cron does, it also does everything anacron does, and in a nice, small package.

Problem is, fcron also doesn’t like to look back to the past. It doesn’t utilize the /etc/cron.* directories, unless you tell it to do so:

%hourly * /bin/run-parts /etc/cron.hourly
%daily * * /bin/run-parts /etc/cron.daily
%weekly * * /bin/run-parts /etc/cron.weekly
%monthly * * * /bin/run-parts /etc/cron.monthly

Add this to your system’s crontab by running:

sudo fcrontab -e

As soon as you save and quit, fcrontab will run all the jobs once, and then continue according to schedule.