Question

Can't find my cron jobs on Ubuntu 16.04.7

Posted January 25, 2021 115 views
Ubuntu 16.04

I’ve got several PHP scripts that run daily as cron jobs and work fine but I now need to add another one. It was quite some time ago that I set these up and can’t remember exactly how i did it so I went to the tutorial (only one I could find is for 18.04) and tried the two options shown for editing the crontab:
crontab -e
and sudo nano /etc/crontab

Neither of these crontabs showed the tasks I’d previously added which still run every day.

Any suggestions on where else I can look or any other commands I can try?

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Found the answer. The jobs were created as root and I was logging in as a non-root su.
My understanding (obviously wrong) was that the /etc/crontab would show ALL the jobs and this was confusing the heck out of me. Further reading helped me realise my error and when I logged in as root the jobs were all visible.

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