[CentOS] crontab and gedit

Wed Jan 23 20:53:13 UTC 2013
Cliff Pratt <enkiduonthenet at gmail.com>

On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 7:52 AM, Robert Moskowitz <rgm at htt-consult.com> wrote:
> On 01/23/2013 01:39 PM, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
>> Robert Moskowitz wrote:
>>> On 01/23/2013 06:23 AM, Adekoya Adekunle wrote:
>>>> How can I open crontab with gedit any any other editor ?
>>>> i want to edit my cron jobs with other editors beside vi.
>>>   From a terminal window:
>>> su
>>> gedit /etc/crontab &
>>> I do it all the time.  I suppose there is a one line variant with sudo,
>>> but I tend to have a root terminal open for lots of different things.
>> Bad idea. Very much depreciated. You should edit crontab using -e [1], and
>> sudoers with visudo.
>> 1] to use a different editor, from the man pages:
>>         VISUAL          Invoked by visudo as the editor to use
>>         EDITOR          Used by visudo if VISUAL is not set
>> Using the correct tool invokes syntax checking *before* it's saved. If you
>> don't have root password, you could seriously be up the creek if you make
>> a typo in sudoers....
> Serious typos abound.  The most serious one I did was to fstab once upon
> a time.
> I don't use sudo.  If I need root changes, I better have the root
> password to use su.  If I don't have the root password, then it is
> either not my system to change, or I have a serious problem indeed.
That's fine unless you have 100s of machines to administer. If you
have 100 machines do you a) set all the root passwords to the same, or
b) maintain a manual file of logins.