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.

Solution:┬áThe -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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3 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.

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