Crontab – Bad Minute

I had an interested problem the other day with crontab that I had never experienced before. When attempting to save the changes I had made to my crontab, I received the following error message:

“/tmp/crontab.XXXXXX.crontab”:1: bad minute errors in crontab file, can’t install. Do you want to retry the same edit?

The solution was to change my default text editor from vim to vi:

# export TERM=vi
# crontab -e

Based on an online search, this appears to be related to a newline issue probably due to my configuration changes to vim.

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