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Using an external text editor for crontab
Authored by: Peter Kappesser on Feb 08, '11 07:23:19AM
TextWrangler's (and its "poppa" BBEdit's) edit command line tool can be used to edit the crontab file, following the setup instructions on its man page -- note that you have to write a little "helper" shell script to invoke edit with the -w option in order to work around a limitation in crontab.

I've used this for years, but it broke suddenly with the TextWrangler 3.5.3 update, with the error "crontab: temp file must be edited in place". This is because the new version of TextWrangler brought in some code from BBEdit which observes a new expert preference. To fix it, quit TextWrangler and execute the following in Terminal:

defaults write com.barebones.textwrangler Filing:SafeSavesDisabled -bool YES
I can't speak to the implications of disabling safe saves, however.

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