How does anacron start in Centos7 ?

/etc/crontab shows empty

  • anacron.conf contains cron.daily folder
  • cron.daily folder contains logrotate config file
  • logrotates are working perfectly

My question : I cannot find any relation between cron and anacron then how does anacron start in centos7 .

2 Answers 2


It's run from cron, of course, using the script in /etc/cron.hourly/0anacron.

Scripts in /etc/cron.hourly are run hourly by the job in /etc/cron.d/0hourly.

  • thanks, But /etc/crontab is empty and cron.hourly ! not include
    – Joseph
    Mar 14, 2018 at 15:17
  • If it really was not there, then anacron wouldn't run. Mar 14, 2018 at 15:49
  • Yes it was not there ... cat /etc/crontab SHELL=/bin/bash PATH=/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin MAILTO=root
    – Joseph
    Mar 14, 2018 at 16:07
  • What are you talking about? I didn't say anything about /etc/crontab. Mar 14, 2018 at 16:18
  • cron.hourly not include /etc/crontab then how cron.hourly and 0anacron work .. sorry for my poor English
    – Joseph
    Mar 14, 2018 at 16:23

anacron and cron are similar but different tools. They are both daemons, and normally you will install one or the other. They will each handle their own scheduled workload. If both are installed, neither should ever execute the others commands if both are installed.

cron is the older tool and designed for systems that are always on (servers). Newer versions will execute commands listed in /etc/crontab. It is is possible to create crontab entries to run the /etc/cron.daily, /etc/cron.weekly and /etc/cron.monthly workload if anacron is not installed.

anacron is a newer tool better suited for systems that are not always on. It uses the file /etc/anacrontab to control what should be run.

  • Unlike cron, anacron is not a daemon. It's a binary, which on CentOS gets executed hourly by ... cron. Oct 27, 2018 at 21:22

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