Use /etc/cron.d Over Crontab.

James Fulford
5 min readApr 6, 2022
A crontab file in a normal IDE and version-controlled, what a concept

Not all background jobs have to be in the main crontab (the one you see at EDITOR=vi crontab -e ). That crontab was all I ever knew, so the revelation of the /etc/cron.d directory was helpful, to say the least. Some benefits include:

  1. Can separate different systems into different files
    (can’t edit /etc/cron.d/database_maintenance and accidentally screw up your stock algorithm, because that’s in…
James Fulford

Harvard. Software Engineer. Entrepreneur.