crond disabled?

Martin Langhoff martin.langhoff at
Thu Nov 5 01:38:43 EST 2009

On Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 9:21 PM, Hal Murray <hmurray at> wrote:
> I see olpc things in /etc/cron.d/, but I don't see any way to get to it.
> /etc/crontab is empty (on my os8 on a XO-1)  So is /var/spool/cron/

Modern cron execs stuff from /etc/cron.d itself.

> Do we really want to be running something like update which (I assume) takes
> significant resources without consulting with the user?  I'd be grumpy if
> things slowed down mysteriously, or worse if my real work got killed because
> some cron job triggered OOM.

Do look at the jobs themselves. olpc-update does several things.
ds-backup checks whether we're on battery, line power, etc.

And as Daniel mentions, we can't count on 6 year olds running backups...

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