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I want to add a cron entry that does something like:

00 00 * * * * /tmp/

Is there something I can add to the end of the line, so that when it is finished, it will remove the line out of my cron?

Also, if there is a better way to do it, I would definitely want that information instead.

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Cron is used to schedule a job to run repeatedly. What you want is at, which schedules a job to run one-time. For your example you can write:

at midnight

This will bring up an interactive prompt where you can enter /tmp/ followed by Ctrl+D.

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Perfect! Just what I needed! – Questionmark Mar 24 '14 at 14:47

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