Solved: Errors in crontab file, can't install
Cause of the error
You may encounter this error while creating a new crontab or updating an existing one that has a syntax error.
Crontabs have simple, but strict syntax rules. Every crontab file has to:
- Start whit a correct cron schedule (can be an environmental variable) or comment on every line
- Contain a username for each cron job
- Contain valid and executable shell expression
- End with a newline
# Example of job definition: # .---------------- minute (0 - 59) # | .------------- hour (0 - 23) # | | .---------- day of month (1 - 31) # | | | .------- month (1 - 12) OR jan,feb,mar,apr ... # | | | | .---- day of week (0 - 6) (Sunday=0 or 7) OR sun,mon,tue,wed,thu,fri,sat # | | | | | .---- username # | | | | | | # * * * * * user command to be executed * * * * * root echo 'Hello world!'
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