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I am using RHEL 5.4

I killed the cron daemon accidentally. I wanted to stop a cron task, didn't know how to do it, ended up killing the cron daemon itself. How do I start it again?

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It could depend on the linux distro you use. So update your answer with this information, please. – enzotib Sep 23 '11 at 9:57
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Depending on how your exact distribution is set up, /etc/init.d/cron start or variations thereupon might do the trick.

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Since you are on RHEL you may like to use the more practical:

service crond start

If you just type

service crond

and hit Enter, you will see all the implemented available options for the previous command:

Usage: /etc/init.d/crond {start|stop|status|reload|restart|condrestart}
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