Crond runs multiple times

Hey there,
recently my CPU usage drew attention to my hourly backup script I use to back up my home drive. For some reason it used 30% cpu, and inspecting htop, it seemed that my backup script was running four times, and crond was doing so as well.

I installed the cronie package to get cron support.

If I now run ps -A | grep crond I can see five different crond instances. If I now stop the cronie service, it goes down by one.

Here, I inspected the service:

     CGroup: /system.slice/cronie.service
             ├─  44822 /usr/bin/CROND -n
             ├─  44824 /bin/sh /home/maus/Documents/scripts/Backup/
             ├─ 404597 /usr/bin/CROND -n
             ├─ 404634 /bin/sh /home/maus/Documents/scripts/Backup/
             ├─ 449440 /usr/bin/crond -n
             ├─1379258 /bin/sh /home/maus/Documents/scripts/Backup/
             ├─1379259 ls -rt
             ├─1379260 wc -w
             ├─1379261 /bin/sh /home/maus/Documents/scripts/Backup/
             ├─1379262 /bin/sh /home/maus/Documents/scripts/Backup/
             ├─1379263 ls -rt
             ├─2407869 /usr/bin/CROND -n
             ├─2407931 /bin/sh /home/maus/Documents/scripts/Backup/
             ├─3280947 /usr/bin/CROND -n
             └─3281037 /bin/sh /home/maus/Documents/scripts/Backup/

Here is my crontab

>> [email protected] in ~ took 11s
∑  EDITOR=cat crontab -e
@hourly /home/maus/Documents/scripts/Backup/
crontab: no changes made to crontab

Any idea what's going on here?


  Kernel: 6.1.8-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.2.1
    parameters: root=PARTUUID=fec66b8f-995b-8043-94b0-fcc9535362ba rw
    add_efi_memmap [email protected] [email protected]\boot\amd-ucode.img
    rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0
    systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1 loglevel=3 sysrq_always_enabled=1
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  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 301 MiB size: 300.4 MiB (99.79%)
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  Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
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  Processes: 378 Uptime: 5h 21m wakeups: 14 Memory: 31.29 GiB
  used: 6.61 GiB (21.1%) Init: systemd v: 252 default: graphical
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Garuda (2.6.14-1):
  System install date:     2023-01-08
  Last full system update: 2023-01-29 ↻
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  Relevant software:       snapper NetworkManager mkinitcpio
  Windows dual boot:       No/Undetected
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Edit: 2023-01-29 ↻ neither did I update my system today nor did I refresh the mirrorlist - I think this is a little broken

switched back to a service. This is so cursed I don't even know where to begin

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