crontab -r instead of
crontab -e and all my
cron jobs have been removed.
What is the best way (or is there one) to recover those jobs?
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crontab -r removes the only file containing the cron jobs.
So if you did not make a backup, your only recovery options are:
/var/log/cron. The file will help you rewrite the jobs again.
grep CRON /var/log/syslog