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FCRONTAB(1)                                                        FCRONTAB(1)

       fcrontab - manipulate per-user fcrontab     files

       fcrontab [ -c file ] [ -n ] file [ user | -u user ]

       fcrontab [ -c file ] [ -n ] { -l | -r | -e | -z } [ user | -u user ]

       fcrontab [ -h ]

       Fcrontab  is the program intended to install, edit, list and remove the
       tables used by fcron(8) daemon. As fcron internally  uses  a  non-human
       readable  format  (this is needed because fcron saves more informations
       than the user gives, for example the time and date of next  execution),
       the user cannot edit directly his fcrontab (the one used by fcron).

       When  a user installs a fcrontab, the source file is saved in the spool
       directory (/var/spool/fcron) to allow future editions, and a  formatted
       file  is  generated  for the fcron daemon, which is signaled once about
       ten seconds before the next minute for all changes made previously. The
       daemon  is  not  informed of the changes immediately but at most once a
       minute  to  keep  ill  disposed  users  from  blocking  the  daemon  by
       installing  fcrontabs  over and over (ie. denial of service attack). We
       will call "fcrontab" the source file of the fcrontab in the following.

       A user can install a fcrontab if he is listed in  the  /etc/fcron.allow
       and not (unless by the keyword all) listed in /etc/fcron.deny (see sec-
       tion "files" below). If neither fcron.allow nor fcron.deny  exist,  all
       users  are  allowed. None of these files have to exist, but if they do,
       the deny file takes precedence.

       The first form of the command is used to install a new  fcrontab  file,
       from  any  named file or from standard input if the pseudo-filename "-"
       is given, replacing the previous one (if any): each user can have  only
       one fcrontab.

       For   instance,  root  can  create  a  systemwide  fcrontab  file,  say
       /etc/fcrontab, and run "fcrontab /etc/fcrontab" to install the new ver-
       sion  after each change of the file. Or (s)he can create a new fcrontab
       running a simple "fcrontab", and then maintain it using "fcrontab  -e".
       Same considerations apply to a non privileged user.

       -u user
              Specify the user whose fcrontab will be managed, or "systab" for
              the system fcrontab.  Should only be used by root. If not given,
              the fcrontab file of the user invoking fcrontab will be handled.
              It may be useful since the su(8) command may confuse fcrontab.

              Note: the to a '-u user'.

       -l     List user's current fcrontab to standard output.

       -e     Edit user's current fcrontab using either the  editor  specified
              by  the  environment variable VISUAL, or EDITOR if VISUAL is not
              set. If none or them are set, /usr/bin/vi will be used.

       -r     Remove user's fcrontab.

       -z     Reinstall user's fcrontab from its source code. All informations
              fcron  may  have  kept  in the binary fcrontab (such as the last
              execution time and date) will be forgotten (ie. lost).

       -n     Ignore previous version. If this option is not given, fcron will
              try  to keep as much information as possible between old and new
              version of the fcrontab (time and date of next execution, if job
              is  in serial queue, etc) if the line hasn't been modified (same
              fields, same shell command).

       -c file
              Make fcrontab use config file file  instead  of  default  config
              file  /etc/fcron.conf. To interact with a running fcron process,
              fcrontab must use the same config file as the process. That way,
              several  fcron  processes can run simultaneously on an only sys-

       -d     Run in debug mode. In this  mode,  many  informational  messages
              will be output in order to check if anything went wrong.

       -h     Display a brief description of the options.

       -V     Display  an  informational message about fcrontab, including its
              version and the license under which it is distributed.

       Fcrontab returns 0 on normal exit and 1 on error.

       Should be POSIX compliant.

              Configuration file for fcron, fcrontab  and  fcrondyn:  contains
              paths (spool dir, pid file) and default programs to use (editor,
              shell, etc). See fcron.conf(5) for more details.

              Users allowed to use fcrontab and fcrondyn (one name  per  line,
              special name "all" acts for everyone)

              Users  who  are  not  allowed to use fcrontab and fcrondyn (same
              format as allow file)

       /etc/pam.d/fcron (or /etc/pam.conf)
              PAM configuration file for fcron. Take a look at pam(8) for more






       If  you're  learning  how to use fcron from scratch, I suggest that you
       read the HTML version of the documentation (if your are not reading  it
       right  now! :) ): the content is the same, but it is easier to navigate
       thanks to the hyperlinks.

       Thibault Godouet <fcronATfree.fr>

02/06/2006                      06 fvrier 2006                     FCRONTAB(1)