If you’ve ever tried to edit your
crontab on OS X, you’ve probably seen this error message:
crontab: temp file must be edited in place
I banged my head on this for a few minutes before running across this walkthrough on solving the problem.
The post recommends an… interesting workaround involving aliasing
crontab to set an environment variable and adding an
if $VIM_CRONTAB == "true" block into your
Since I only needed to
crontab -e once, I opted to simply
:set nobackup nowritebackup.
Curiosity kicked in, however. It turns out that Vim recognizes
crontab tempfiles as the
crontab filetype, so a solution presents itself:
autocmd filetype crontab setlocal nobackup nowritebackup
This means that for files of the
crontab type only (just crontab), Vim won’t write backup files, and
crontab -e will be happy.
crontab -e should work like a charm with Vim, allowing you to schedule cronjobs to your heart’s content.