Recently I switched from user-specific anacrontab ( using -t ) to the global-one. Now each day anacron drops me a message (email to root) that it failed to open the cron.daily folder:

Subject: Anacron job 'cron.daily' on myComputer
Message: run-parts: failed to open directory /etc/cron.daily: No such file or directory

The rsnapshot-jobs run normally, however the cron-related jobs dont. Here my anacrontab /etc/anacrontab

# /etc/anacrontab: configuration file for anacron
# See anacron(8) and anacrontab(5) for details.


# These replace cron's entries
# days to wait - delay in minutes - job-name - command to execute
1   5   cron.daily  run-parts --report /etc/cron.daily
7   10  cron.weekly run-parts --report /etc/cron.weekly
@monthly    15  cron.monthly    run-parts--report /etc/cron.monthly
1   5   rsnapshot.day   /usr/local/bin/doBackup.sh daily
7   30  rsnapshot.week  /usr/local/bin/doBackup.sh weekly

And here the output of ls -rtl /etc | grep cron to see the folder permissions:

-rw-r--r--  1 root root      722 Jul  3  2012 crontab
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root     4096 Sep 11  2015 cron.hourly
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root     4096 Sep 11  2015 cron.monthly
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root     4096 Sep 11  2015 cron.weekly
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root     4096 Jan 25 16:04 cron.daily
-rw-r--r--  1 root root      858 Mar 21 10:49 anacrontab
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root     4096 Mar 21 10:57 cron.d
drwxr-xr-x 10 root root     4096 Mar 21 10:57 cron-apt

( I dont have enough reputation yet to create the tag 'anacron'. If you are about to remove this line, please as well add the tag 'anacron' )


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Solved. Please check the answer on "superuser"

Not sure if I should delete the question on "serverfault"? At least I am not able to mark it as duplicate, sice I only can refer to other server-fault questions.

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