Edit crontab with NANO on centos (crontab -e)

Problem: 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… but it opens in VI and I am too stupid / lazy / in a rush to use VI.

[Edit – mid 2018: Earlier this year I went through about 3 weeks of IDE/Editor hell and taught myself Vim. It’s… wonderful]

Solution: The -e switch makes the file open in whatever the default editor for the environment is. To override this, pass the EDITOR environment var to the command when it’s run:

sudo env EDITOR=nano crontab -e

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6 thoughts on “Edit crontab with NANO on centos (crontab -e)”

  1. To make it permanent and effective for all users, put a .sh file in /etc/profile.d/ e.g.:

    $ nano /etc/profile.d/nano.sh
    export VISUAL=”nano”
    export EDITOR=”nano”

    Log out and log in, then crontab -e will open with nano.

    1. # It’s NOT a good idea to change this file unless you know what you
      # are doing. It’s much better to create a custom.sh shell script in
      # /etc/profile.d/ to make custom changes to your environment, as this
      # will prevent the need for merging in future updates.

      That’s why one would mess with nano /etc/profile.d/nano.sh

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