i have build a cronjob for a single user www-data user by using

sudo -u www-data crontab -e

i'm trying to find where this file is saved, i have looking in /etc/crontab but its not here, soe i can't find it right now but the crontab is saved and every thing runing as it shut but i need the path to make backups of my crontabs for every single user.

where can i find my users crontabs?

  • i use Debian 8.2 and i have trying to look in the path you type but i can still not find www-data. Sep 11, 2015 at 7:40
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    I'm using Debian 7.8 and it is on /var/spool/cron/crontabs
    – jcbermu
    Sep 11, 2015 at 7:44
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    @meuh Put it as an answer.
    – jcbermu
    Sep 11, 2015 at 7:54

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Depending on your OS, try /var/spool/cron/. On debian its a little further, /var/spool/cron/crontabs/.

Usually, this is mentioned in man crontab

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