Friday, January 25, 2013

It's the little things that make me hate Solaris

It's the little differences in Solaris 10 that really make it hard for me to feel comfortable in my new production environment. So in every distro of Linux going back as far as I can remember, if you want to schedule a cronjob to run every 5 minutes you would format the crontab entry something like this:
*/5 * * * * ~/
But in Solaris, trying to load this into your crontab generates a syntax error. Instead, you are expected to do something like this:
0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * ~/
Why? Because Solaris 10 is still running a cron that's older than dirt. It's the little things that are starting to make me really hate Solaris.

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