Instead of putting all of your server’s cron jobs as root, consider having them in a regular user’s crontab. This is better for security reasons as well as good general practice. I’ll show you how!
One example is if you need apache to run a cron for your website. Run this cron as the apache user www-data instead of root. (User www-data is for Debian or Ubuntu of course.)
To edit www-data’s cron jobs, try this:
$ sudo crontab -u www-data -e
Type in your cron job, save and you are all set.
In the cron logs, you will see the command being run by this limited user instead of root:
2013-08-22T01:20:01.875684+00:00 chicago cron: (www-data) CMD (my-cool-script.sh)