can't get cron working on debian

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – i'm trying to set up a cron to run a simple command and yet anything i try never actually works i'm on debian 7 and i've checked that crond is running the test cron i've been using is this: file: /etc/crontab Code: */1 * * * * echo "testing cron" >> /home/test.txt the above should of course made a text file containing 'testing cron' saved to '/home/test.txt' and to do that every 1min but it's failing to do so any tip on getting cron working? (HowTos)