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When running the command crontab -e i get the following error:

no crontab for 'myusername' - using an empty one
888

Can anyone please help?

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IMHO this is a notice, not an error message... or gets your cronjob not executed? – mpy Sep 18 '13 at 6:46
    
Are you sure you are using crontab corectly? crontab -e ... as you now know, this edits your crontab file using $EDITOR or $VISUAL, which defaults to vi. Maby try a man crontab and see some information about it – Rat2000 Sep 18 '13 at 6:49

The reason is you are using ed editor to edit crontab, do the below steps to fix this

  1. Type in contab -e

  2. Type q and click enter, this will exit you out of ed editor

  3. Now make vi as your default editor by typing in below command

    EDITOR=/usr/bin/vi
    export EDITOR
    

This fixed the issue for me!

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