To help troubleshoot a few servers, I have edited the delay time in Anacrontab.

Do I need to restart anything for these changes to be applied?

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In CentOS/RHEL, anacrontab is run from cron... so you don't need to do anything.

  • cron.{daily, weekly, monthly} jobs are defined in /etc/anacrontab
  • The anacron command executes jobs defined in /etc/anacrontab
  • Anacron is called from /etc/cron.hourly/0anacron
  • /etc/cron.d/0hourly contains 01 * * * * root run-parts /etc/cron.hourly

A little difficult to follow, but yeah...


No. anacron isn't a separate daemon that runs continuously. It's started periodically, say daily, by a cron job, does its work, then exits. For example, on my Ubuntu host, /etc/cron.d/anacron contains

30 7    * * *   root    start -q anacron || :

So each time anacron runs, it starts up and rereads its configuration files. So your changes will take effect the next time anacron runs.

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