Package Details: vixie-cron 4.1-14

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Package Base: vixie-cron
Description: Paul Vixie's cron daemon, a fully featured crond implementation
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Licenses: GPL
Provides: cron, dcron
Submitter: None
Maintainer: zgrim
Last Packager: fukawi2
Votes: 15
Popularity: 0.000000
First Submitted: 2008-07-29 00:51
Last Updated: 2019-07-11 00:28

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fukawi2 commented on 2019-07-11 00:28

Updated, and disowned.

zgrim commented on 2019-07-10 10:30

systemd[1]: /usr/lib/systemd/system/crond.service:6: PIDFile= references a path below legacy directory /var/run/, updating /var/run/ → /run/; please update the unit file accordingly.

Please update the crond.service file to replace /var/run with /run. Thanks!

fukawi2 commented on 2018-07-22 23:51

There's no difference between /usr/bin/ and /usr/sbin on Arch since 2013. See: and

kuldeep commented on 2018-07-22 00:39

Shouldn't cron be installed in /usr/sbin. See:

fukawi2 commented on 2015-06-05 02:50

Thanks for spotting that. I've updated it in -13

jasonlewiscook commented on 2015-06-04 16:07

The systemd unit file distributed with this package is incorrect.

The problem:
'Restart' is set to 'always', but no 'Type' is specified, meaning that systemd assumes the default of 'simple'. Since cron actually forks and returns an exit status of 0 to the parent process (in this case, systemd), systemd assumes that cron died and tries to restart it ad infinitium. As a result, systemd's built-in brake mechanism takes over, and it refuses to try to restart it again after several attempts, resulting in:

systemd[1]: start request repeated too quickly for crond.service
systemd[1]: Failed to start Vixie-cron Periodic Command Scheduler.

The solution:
The following unit file (usually /usr/lib/systemd/system/crond.service)
Description=Vixie-cron Periodic Command Scheduler



fukawi2 commented on 2013-06-04 02:06

-12 moves /usr/sbin to /usr/bin and adds systemd unit file

fukawi2 commented on 2013-04-19 05:17

Adopted and updated to remove depreciated $startdir usage

TheRealSoup commented on 2010-11-24 10:20

The fcron package uses a conflicts to ensure that dcron is replaced

TheRealSoup commented on 2010-11-23 13:00

I'm not sure the provides line is correct or maybe it needs a conflicts line?
When installing I'm not prompted to remove dcron first and as such filesystem conflicts [rightfully] prevent installation.