Cron is a job scheduler that allows users to run commands periodically.

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Why does apt-get remove leave package-installed cron files lying around?

Is there a good reason why apt-get remove leaves installed cron files in place where an apt-get purge or apt-get remove --purge is actually required to completely remove them? Example files may be: ...
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CronTab is not working in Ubuntu for image compression job [duplicate]

I am trying to set up a cronjob to execute the following script. The function of the script is to find and compress png and jpg files in a WordPress directory. #!/bin/bash echo `date` >> ...
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Why is cron ignoring a / (forward slash) interval?

I want to set up a job to run every 15 minutes, starting at the 5th minute. This is my crontab line: 5/15 * * * * /root/job.sh >> /root/job.log But it only runs once an hour, on the fifth ...
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Is there any way to maintain counts in crontab?

Need to keep a track of the succeded jobs, on daily basis, with jobs ranging from /10 /20 minutes to twice/thrice a day, least for these every 10/20 minutes runs, I'd be interested to know if there ...
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What does CRON=1 do?

What does setting CRON=1 do when set in front of a command? CRON=1 ./foobar.sh I suspect that the cron environment variable does something for printing to standard out. But I can't find anything ...
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Display cron job times in a human-friendly format

Is there a way to display or is there a tool that can parse a crontab expression and display it in a human-friendly way? 10 6 * * * sh /usr/local/crons/file_check.sh For example, for the above cron ...
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How can I run Cron job every 5 days

I have 5 shell scripts, I want to run them in 5 days cycle, like follows: Day 1 : script 1 Day 2 : script 2 Day 3 : script 3 Day 4 : script 4 Day 5 : script 5 Day 6 : script 1 ...
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mail: cannot send message: process exited with a non-zero status

I've had a cronjob working for about a fortnight without any problems. Then last night I checked I didn't get the email that I usually get. I went to the terminal to try send myself an email, I got ...
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BashScript works from Terminal but not from CronTab

I've got a bunch of CronJobs, and they work fine, except for one. I've looked through a lot of forums and websites, and tried a combination of things but alas nothing has worked. Rephrasing the ...
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cronjob bash script called within another shell script not working

I have a shell script which calls a bash script within it. when I run this shell script manually it works fine however when I schedule this thru cronjob, the bash script is not doing the intended job. ...
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auto restart apache when high load average

My server always shut down when it reach a high load average. I have optimized my apache, mysql. but i cannot prevent sometime in a heavy traffic. So I try to write some shell to control load average. ...
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Entries in /etc/crontab not getting called in Centos 6.x

I created a dummy entry in /etc/crontab, but it doesn't get executed according to the cron log: /var/log/cron: Feb 7 08:20:01 localhost CROND[22781]: (root) CMD (/usr/lib64/sa/sa1 1 1) Feb 7 ...
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command to clean up old log files

I was trying to automate some auto cleaning of my Ubuntu System, with Cron Jobs I tryed to simplify this: sudo find /var/log -type f -name "*.1.gz" -delete sudo find /var/log -type f -name "*.2.gz" ...
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What does `line 19: 12364 Killed` mean in crontab error message?

I got a daily crontab task: 50 1 * * * sh /my_path/daily_task.sh > /tmp/zen_log 2>&1 This daily_task shell script will run some python scripts and produce a data file. And it fails for ...
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Prevent empty rsync email on cron

I have a crontab job to sync a folder: 50 5 * * * /home/user/bin/sync-folder This will execute an script: #!/bin/bash sudo rsync -rav --delete --log-file=/tmp/rsync-output /origin /destination ...
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Run crontab only if condition

I have a bash script that emails me whenever a web server is not responding, and the script is ran by cron every 5 minutes. However, if the website goes down for a few hours, I'd receive too many ...
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Find and rm command not obeying exclude list occassionally

I am running a find and rm -rf directory list modified earlier than 7 days with an exclusion list of directories which should not be deleted at any case. This is the script excerpt find ...
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Issue with a script launching URL, then pkill firefox after X seconds with cron job

I am trying to create a shell script that will start firefox on a certain URL, then kill it 120s later. I have a script that mostly works and a bad crontab job that doesnt seem to. testscript.sh: ...
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Crontab only for 24 hours, but every 4 hours

How can I run a crontab for every 4 hours where I download a file from a certain given link but only for 24 hours, starting at midnight? And put the 8 file content in a new file?
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Cronjob doesn't execute shell script, but when I am executing it standalone it works. Why?

Shell Type: >echo $SHELL /bin/ksh Cronjob : 15 * * * * /bin/ksh /wls_domains/resMGT/logs/bea/wlr3queuetransaction.sh > /wls_domains/resMGT/logs/bea/data/script.log The script is as below: ...
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Is there a good reason to prevent users from using cron/at?

At work on our linux servers, I have a standard non root account. Unfortunately the account does not have permissions to crontab or at. Is there a good reason to block these commands? I can write a ...
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Restarting OpenVPN on SELinux by a cronjob

I have a server with some OpenVPN instances (one server, several clients) running on Debian with enforcing SELinux. The connections to some of the VPN servers my machine is connecting to are somewhat ...
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Crontabbed shell script not able to create/write to a file

I have written a simple shell script to backup the tables in my DB using the mysqldump command. The command simply dumps the DB into a dbName.sql file. However, if the dbName.sql file doesn't already ...
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How to automaticly open a URL at specific times each day

I am using kubuntu 14.04. I have installed cron using sudo apt-get install cron, and then I created this file in IDLE, called openurl.py. #!/usr/bin/env python import webbrowser ...
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init.d script ignored in yocto based distro

I'm modifying an embedded distro that is built using the yocto project. I need to add cron to it and have the cron daemon start on startup. I have created the symlink /etc/rc5.d/S98cronstart that ...
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Time remaining for the next run

I need to calculate the time remaining for the next run of a specific job in my Cron Schedule, I've a Cron with jobs having frequencies of per hour, thrice a day etc, no jobs running on specific ...
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Databases backup with cron

I'm trying to set up a cron job in order to backup my databases daily. Here's what I wrote in my crontab file : 25 18 * * * root mysqldump -u root -p myPassWord --all-databases | gzip > ...
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Turn off mail notification in terminal

I'm running some cron jobs on my machine and every time I fire up a terminal session I'm getting a 'You have mail' message (the job produces output on success which gets mailed to me). Any way to ...
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Cron Job Not Running

Oracle Linux 5.10 I can manually run the script "tblspc_usage.sh" successfully as the oracle user. I know this because it emails me a report. But it not run at all from cron. It doesn't generate a ...
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My script is reported as executing at the CRON log, but it is not listed at any user's crontab

This is the CRON log case computer that runs some scripts (internet-connections oriented): luis@Fostrot:~$ sudo tail -n 50 /var/log/syslog | grep "cron" -i Jan 19 21:30:01 Fostrot ...
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Cron job running at 12.00 AM despite changing its time

I have only one cron configured in cPanel for WHMCS to run once per day at 12.00 AM. The cron sends daily activity logs to my email. A problem came up recently in which cron job activity logs sent ...
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Cron job, random start but within timeframe

I want a script to run once a day, everyday, starting any time between 0900 and 1200. I'm not completely sure about the dash syntax - does it mean that the script will run EVERY hour between 9-12, or ...
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How to restart my java program automatically if it gets killed?

I am running my runnable jar in linux machine (machineA) as shown below. In the runnable Jar, I have a java program which sends email to me every 15 mniutes. ...
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Shell script issue when added to cron

I have written a shell script in order to monitor Nagios service status continuously (See this question), which is as follows: #!/bin/bash RCPT="abc@xyz.com" service nagios status | grep [0-9] if ...
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Keeping track of service status continuously

I need to monitor the status of nagios service (Because, whenever I make any changes in configuration and apply the new configuration, I would find nagios service stopped). If found in 'stopped' ...
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How do I schedule a cron task to run

I'm looking to crontab a script every hour starting Friday at 5pm... ending Monday at 5am. This script checks if it's completed this week and if it's currently running. If no/no, start task. Off the ...
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SQLPLUS value in variable- not working from crontab

I am trying to store sqlplus value to a variable in Linux. Script is working fine when triggered manually. But value in variable is not stored when the script is called from crontab. Code: ...
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Why isn't my etc/cron.d file executing?

*/5 * * * * root ruby /opt/redmine/extra/svn/reposman.rb --redmine-host http://tracker.intranet.****.com.ar --scm Mercurial --svn-dir /opt/repos/hg --command "hg init" --owner www-data --url ...
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'Is a directory' while trying to pass to destination directory

I've been trying to get my script to work from a cron job so that I can automate a backup of my /home directory, but unfortunately when I run with run-parts to test if the script will work I keep ...
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Adding timestamp into log file via cronjob command [duplicate]

I try to run git pull command with loging output message to file every 5 minutes. But i got error like this, (root) CMD (cd /var/www/sites/ && git pull origin master | sed -e "s/^/$(date ...
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Why does my cronjob not execute my shell-script?

I have a crontab that creates a dump of my database every night: 20 3 * * * /path/to/dailydump.sh dailydump.sh contains: #!/bin/sh DATENAME=`date +%Y%m%d` ...
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Run an application at each system boot in Arch Linux [duplicate]

I am using Arch Linux. I don't have any special permissions, I am just user without any special privileges. I want to start an application after each boot. I have already tried using crontab jobs, ...
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Disable log of specified crontab item

How can i disable logging for specified item/line in crontab? (i´m on debian/raspbian) I have a script that checks if wlan0 is up every minute, but i don't like that cron logs every minute on syslog ...
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terminal linux calendar specify used calendar file

I´m playing around with linux calendar My aim is that all users can run a script which does nothing more than adding a givven argument in 10 days as cal item // called like this: reminder "Meeting ...
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how to pass a password with a cron job safely?

I have a site map generator script placed in this URL http://www.mydomain.com/admin/sitemapgen/ However this URL is protected with an username and a password in auth_type basic method. I need to ...
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Running smsd gnokii on boot

I can successfully run smsd but I could not run it on boot. I tried using rc.local and @reboot cronjob but none of the two worked. Does anyone tried to successfully run the script on boot?
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Where to find the Crontab logs in CentOS

First of all I'm using CentOS [root@a etc]# cat system-release CentOS release 6.5 (Final) [root@a cron.daily]# ps -ef | grep cron root 982 1 0 Jun14 ? 00:01:15 crond root ...
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Strange cron behaviour

I have a script that reads a list of IPs from a file, compares with the existing ones in a chain, and adds recently added IPs in the file into that chain. Running the script manually (e.g., ./script) ...
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Can I change the exclude file list while running rsync under a cron job

I am using Fedora 20, MATE desktop, zshell. I have started a cronjob to run, every evening, an incremental backup using rsync, closely following the suggestions here. After the first run yesterday, ...
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Switching shells for one cron job

Say I have the following in my crontab: * * * * * command1 -option A; command2; command3; etc. I would like cron to run the commands I have in that line with a specific shell. How can I do that? ...