Typically we use crontab -u in our recipes. However we have a few Solaris 10 boxen where the flavor of crontab won't support the -u flag. Is there a way to deploy an existing crontab file using Solaris' crontab command? How?

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This should be equivalent to crontab -u user filename :

su user -c "'crontab filename'"

I have used this trick before to solve the Solaris problem:

EDITOR="cat $file >" VISUAL="cat $file >" crontab -e "$user"

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