7.33. cronie

Updated cronie packages that fix one bug are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The cronie packages contain the standard UNIX daemon crond that runs specified programs at scheduled times and related tools. They are a fork of the original vixie-cron cron implementation and have security and configuration enhancements like the ability to use pam and SELinux.

Bug Fix

BZ#1204175
Due to a regression in parsing the /etc/anacrontab file caused by the previous cronie erratum released in the Fastrack channel, environment variables set in the /etc/anacrontab file were not recognized, and error messages were logged. These updated cronie packages fix the regression, and the variables are now set correctly for anacron jobs.
Users of cronie are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix this bug.
Updated cronie packages that fix two bugs and add two enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The cronie packages contain the standard UNIX daemon crond that runs specified programs at scheduled times and the anacron tool that enables crond to run jobs also on machines that are not continuously switched on.

Bug Fixes

BZ#1031383
Previously, the anacron process could terminate unexpectedly in cases when the anacrontab file contained incorrect configuration settings. To fix this bug, the configuration settings format check has been amended, and the anacron process no longer crashes.
BZ#1082232
Prior to this update, the crond pid file could be erroneously removed in case a crond sub-process terminated unexpectedly. With this update, handling of the crond sub-processes termination has been corrected, and the removal no longer occurs.

Enhancements

BZ#1108384
The crond daemon now logs shutdowns. Its proper terminations are therefore distinguishable from abnormal ones.
BZ#1123984
The crond daemon now logs errors when jobs are skipped due to getpwnam() call failures.
Users of cronie are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these bugs and add these enhancements.