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I want to create a cronjob at my Ubuntu server by adding/modifying a file in the /etc/cron.d folder, rather than using crontab -e as it's not too easy to automate.

I've managed to make a file looking like this:

* * * * * username command >> logfile

I can tell that the file is there, I've chmoded it to 777 but it still isn't executed or appears when I do crontab -l as root. What am I doing wrong?

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Forget about crontab -e and use crontab my_private_crontab_file or crontab -. –  maaartinus Mar 6 '12 at 5:11
    
It won't appear on root's crontab -l. Please chmod the file to 0600 and chown it to root.root –  JodieC Mar 12 '12 at 1:59

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The file needs to be owned and writeable by root. Also make sure that your time-specification is correct - is * * * * * the real one?

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