I tried to setup a cron job in my new CentOS VPS server over SSH. I typed in the command

crontab -e and I got the following error message:-

-bash: anacrontab: command not found

Any idea how I can set up cron job in CentOS?

********* CentOS release 5.8 (Final)

  • Can you run which crontab ?
    – cjc
    Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 12:59

2 Answers 2


It looks like crontab is an alias of anacrontab that doesn't exist. You can run the 'real' command by preceding it with a backslash \:

\crontab -e

Are you sure that cron software is loaded? Do

yum list|grep cron

Do you see something like

anacron.x86_64                           2.3-45.el5.centos            installed 
crontabs.noarch                          1.10-8                       installed 
vixie-cron.x86_64                        4:4.1-77.el5_4.1             installed 

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