I have crontabs across multiple servers using different accounts. The scripts are separated such for a reason, different users for different services, etc. I did some searching for a tool to track what is running where in a central location, but didn't find anything. How are others keeping track of their crontabs? I'm writing some code now to fetch the crontabs from the servers and aggregate them in a central place, but was wondering if anyone has an elegant solution to this problem?

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    This would be a better match for Server Fault I think Aug 2, 2010 at 21:36
  • Agree. While there are many things like this which fall into our duties, they're unfortunately outside of the mandate of the site.
    – JasonBirch
    Aug 2, 2010 at 22:35
  • Ah, cool... didn't know about Server Fault... thanks!
    – gabe.
    Aug 3, 2010 at 1:04

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In the past, I've placed crontabs in /etc/cron.d, given them a unique name (usually the hostname of the server) and checked those files into a central version control repository.

  • I like the VCS approach... I'll definitely include that in whatever I end up doing. Thanks.
    – gabe.
    Aug 3, 2010 at 1:09

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