So, the question remains: Is Debian deviating with Vixie cron from what would be considered “standard practice”? Well, to start, I pulled up the crontab(1) man page to see what it says regarding the matter. More here
Recently, I got into a discussion with a friend of mine that I have a great deal of respect for. After having our discussion, my respect for him has grown. The discussion was about whether or not Debian and Ubuntu have deviated from standard practice regarding Paul Vixie’s cron implementation.