Edit crontab with NANOpublished by Stefan Kecskes on
I don’t know where my root users crontab file is, and this doesn’t usually matter because using the command
crontab -e opens it for editing anyway.
The problem is that it opens in VI and I'm younger generation which never used VI magic wand and I don't want to spend few hours/days just to be able to make changes in file.
My favourite editor in unix systems is nano. The
-e switch makes the file open in whatever the default editor for the environment is.
To override VI, we will pass the EDITOR environment var to the command when I run it:
sudo env EDITOR=nano crontab -e
The other way is to set value of
VISUAL and then run the crontab like this:
export VISUAL=nano; crontab -e
That's my magic bit for today. Hope it helps you too. :)