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Got a problem.
I created a cron job via cPanel and after what deleted it, but it didn't stop working.
Anyone knows how to stop my crons?

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I think you need to tell your cron to reload it's table. If you can go to the shell, try killall -HUP cron. –  ott-- Oct 8 '11 at 14:52

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If your looking to stop cron jobs all together (I believe this can be done in WHM as well):

/etc/init.d/crond stop

You may need to reload crond (although cPanel should have done that itself)

/etc/init.d/crond reload


/etc/init.d/crond restart

Check out its usage:

Usage: /etc/init.d/crond {start|stop|status|reload|restart|condrestart}

If that didn't fix it check if it's running:

ps -A | grep crond

And then try to kill it:

killall crond

If all fails, you may want to try restarting the server and see if that fixes it.

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Just in case the crontab entry wasn't actually removed:

set $EDITOR=vi # or your editor of choice
crontab -e

Then put a # at the start of the line you want stopped.

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Check the corresponding user cron manually via shell, (assuming u have root)

crontab -u username -e

and remove the corresponding cron entry. Or simply null the user crontab and restart crond,


service crond restart
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