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grant123
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:02 pm    Post subject: Removing vixie-cron Reply with quote

I've been using vixie-cron forever but it looks like it's time to move on:

Code:
!!! The following installed packages are masked:
- sys-process/vixie-cron-4.1-r15::gentoo (masked by: package.mask)
/usr/portage/profiles/package.mask:
# Michał Górny <mgorny@gentoo.org> (2019-09-11)
# Unmaintained.  Ancient.  Carries a lot of patches, and has even more
# bugs reported.  Last rites were cancelled due to Gentoo/FreeBSD 1 year
# ago but that project is dead nowadays.  Many alternatives exist,
# sys-process/cronie is probably the closest one (it's a fork).
# Removal in 30 days.  Bug #693946.


I don't do anything fancy with cron and I'd like the replacement to just work if possible. Anything I should check on before removing vixie-cron and installing another one?

Is cronie the best choice?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is cronie the best choice?

I switched to cronie and I like it.

Look at this thread for details.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just beware that the default installation of cronie also installs "anacron functionality." This can result in duplicate running of daily/weekly/monthly events shortly after install (but not chronically).

I didn't see that coming ... it annoyed me because I have some log files, mail folder rotation and similar that really aims to be limited to once a month. I'm pretty sure I'm a marginal case like that, so not going to complain.

The anacron functionality can be omitted with USE="-anacron" applied to sys-process/cronie
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For better compatibility with vixie-cron see https://bugs.gentoo.org/694378
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