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The obvious thing to attack about cron is the crontab syntax; it would be much more useful to be able to say things like every 09:00 or every 1h or every friday 13th 18:00.

The syntax could end up like fetchmail's (although a bit less flexible, hopefully), permitting brackets for grouping:

every 1h as azz exec "bandwidth-stats" mail-output-to

as azz { every 1h exec "hourly";
         every 1d exec "daily"; }

A queue somequeue command would allow groups of actions to avoid running at the same time as each other. It would also be nice to avoid crontab needing to be suid; just make sched scan all the files in /etc/sched.d periodically (perhaps have a rescan action like the exec action in the system sched file?) and give each user their own sched file owned by them to edit.

mcron implements some of these ideas, using Scheme as the configuration language.