> That is the format for the system crontab.  /etc/crontab
> root has its own crontab entry (under /root).
> user crontabs have a different format then the system crontab.
> Remove the root from that line, and it should work.

I was just wondering because the default installation of crontab has the
following comment line in /etc/crontab:

#minute hour    mday    month   wday    who     command

...and the entries that I found there had 'root' under the 'who' column. I
haven't edited the crontab-file before yesterday when I added my two

But having said this I removed 'root' under the 'who' column and now it
seems to work nicely again. Why is there the 'who' column in the system
default crontab or what crontab file did crontab read before I ran
'crontab /etc/crontab' since the format of that crontab file seems to be


> Peter Elsner

Johan Paul

> At 09:19 PM 8/20/2003 +0300, you wrote:
>>Hi all!
>>What did I do wrong here; I edited /etc/crontab by adding two lines for
>>execution and I think I even added then syntactically correct. I ran
>> (just
>>like Handbook told to do) crontab /etc/crontab. Now I get emails that
>> say:
>>Subject: Cron <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> root       /usr/libexec/atrun
>>root: not found
>>root is the user that should run the lines. Here is a line from crontab:
>># make full backup weekly
>>00     4       *       *       7       root
>> /usr/local/sbin/full_backup
>>I commented out the lines that I added but still I get lines like that...
>>Any help? Thanks!
>>Johan Paul
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