Learning the Terminal in Jaguar, Part 1
Subject:   crontab under /etc and /private/etc
Date:   2002-12-20 10:36:21
From:   chris_stone
Response to: crontab under /etc and /private/etc

Ah...good question! :-)

Actually, /etc is just a symbolic link (like a Finder alias) that points to /private/etc. Therefore /etc/crontab and /private/etc/crontab is one and the same file.

So, you can specify either path without problem...