nigel henry wrote: > On Friday 07 July 2006 22:43, Todd Zullinger wrote: > Use crontab -e to edit your crontab. This will open your editor > (specified by the $VISUAL or $EDITOR variables) where you can > create/edit as you like. When you exit, your crontab will be > installed. User crontabs are stored in /var/spoool/cron/$USER, IIRC. > >> Right. OK. Thanks to you Todd, and to Mikkel. I don't expect anyone to hold my >> hand through this, but crontab -e brings up a blank page with some short line >> markers on the left side, and "/tmp/crontab.3449" OL, OC at the bottom of the >> page. How do I find out which editor this is using? I've used nano a bit, but >> not vi, or emacs. I've been through man 5 crontab a few times, but it only >> shows you the layout for setting up crontab. > >> A couple of hints would be usefull. > If you have not changed things, you are using a version of vi. You can check that by running "echo $EDITOR" and "echo $VISUAL". If nether command returns anything, then you have not set the editor to use, so it defaults to vi. If you want to use Nano, then try running "export EDITOR=nano" before running "crontab -e". For the format you need in the file, try "man 5 crontab" and see if that helps.. Mikkel -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!