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

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Can I change the default mail recipient on cron jobs?

I believe that if there is any output from a cronjob it is mailed to the user who the job belongs to. I think you can also add something like MAILTO=vivek@nixcraft.in at the top of the cron file to ...
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Scp doesn't work in cron

Yeah, I know it's classic. I've googled it all around, but still it doesn't work. I have the following script: #First go to SVN repo folder cd $svnrepos # Just make sure we have write access to ...
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How to schedule a job that depends on network availability?

I have cloned a git repository of some project. I want to automate git pull and compile the project once in a week. I am using a laptop which wont be on 24x7. Now, I cannot use cron as I should keep ...
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What could cause a cron to run twice at the same moment?

I have a cron that is setup to run every Monday at 1 AM 0 1 * * 1 /script/dir/script >> /script/dir/file.log After two years of running as expected, it ran twice on June 18, with the second ...
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Run script when specific users logout

I need to run my application in screen when specific users are logged out and kill the screen when someone from my user list logged in. So I am thinking about bash script, which will be called ...
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Running cron script with lynx fails to work

I'm trying to automate a login process that can only be done through a browser. I am using the lynx browser to script the actions required to do this. Lynx does this by dumping a user's keystrokes ...
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CRON Permission Denied

I have a Debian 7. 3 Server with WebMin installed. I configured a cron job to run every minute as root user, so I run the command crontab -l when I'm logged in as root it shows: * * * * * ...
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Cronjob to run every 30 minutes

I want to set a cronjob entry that runs a script every 30 minutes from 9:00 to 18:00 but I do not want it to run at 18:30. The script should run for the first time at 9:00 and for the last time at ...
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Cron to not run on specific day but all other days

I have a cron setup to execute a bash script daily at 10pm. I have another cron setup to run monthly on the 1st of the month. Both crons launch a bash script, and the only different in the bash script ...
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What's the purpose of having different crontabs per user?

Is it just for controlling the permissions of the script being called or does it also effect when or if the script runs? I assume if I setup a cron for a non-root user it should always run, even if I ...
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why doesn't 0 0 * * 1 root hostname >> /tmp/hostname.txt work as a crontab?

0 0 * * 1 root hostname >> /tmp/hostname.txt Should run midnight on monday and create a file in /tmp called hostname.txt with the output of the hostname command but it is just a blank file that was ...
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How to get which version of cron daemon is running

Background: I am working on CentOS Details # cat /proc/version Linux version 2.6.18-308.4.1.el5PAE (mockbuild@builder10.centos.org) (gcc version 4.1.2 20080704 (Red Hat 4.1.2-52)) #1 SMP Tue Apr 17 ...
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In linux, would it be possible to run a script every day 3 minutes later than the previous day?

My first solution to this was to execute date +%Y%m%d%H%M and put that format of numbers into a file, and run the script every minute from cron. Then if the date from the file matches the date ...
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/etc/crontab permissions

The /etc/crontab file has the permissions: -rw-r--r-- I understand that this file is for system cron jobs and other users should not have permission to modify it. The current permissions allows all ...
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How can I know when a cron job was killed or it crashed?

Usually when a cron job crash, it will leave some error messages in the log. We run shell script and some java program with cron job. Recently we found some weird thing out from the log. Obviously ...
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How to add unique id to file name in cron job?

My cronjob looks like this: 5 3 * * * mysqldump -u root test > /srv/backup/mysql_daily.dump How can I make filename unique for every time when cronjob writes mysql_daily.dump?
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Cron allowed special character “L” for “Last day of the month” on Debian

I'd like to know if L is one of the allowed special characters on Debian's cron implementation? I'm trying to set up a cron to run on the last day of every month. From the cron entry on wikipedia: ...
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In crontab is it possible to specify a user from a variable?

I am trying to have the following cron executed with a certain user. U=`/usr/bin/w | grep -w :0 | awk '{ print $1 }'` */1 * * * * $U /opt/script.sh It seems the deamon doesn't know how to interpret ...
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Crontab job not emailing on failure

I have a cron job on Debian: 1 * * * * /home/paradroid/bin/myscript.sh >/dev/null There is an installed and configured MTA, and I have received emails when the script has a syntax error, so I ...
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start-stop-daemon makes cron pidfile with wrong pid

I have an init.d script to start crond which specifies the following for start(): start-stop-daemon -S --quiet --make-pidfile --pidfile /var/run/crond.pid --background --exec /usr/sbin/crond ...
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crontab, instance, memory issues+spamming

I have a cronjob that runs php5 wp-cron.php every minute to update my website. However something happened and i had 30+ instance of it (31 is marked on this one dump of ps aux). It ate up my ram, ...
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cifs write errors in cron job

EDIT: THE SOLUTION With Tim's help I determined that larger writes of data were failing versus smaller ones. Why they didn't fail when I ran the script interactively, I don't know...But here was the ...
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How to start a cron job without reboot?

I use a cron job to call offlineimap every 2 minutes: */2 * * * * /usr/bin/offlineimap > ~/Maildir/offlineimap.log 2>&1 I needed to kill the cron job to fix a problem. How can I then ...
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How to redirect output to a file from within cron?

I have a backup script which I need to run at a particular time of a day so I am using cron for this task and from within cron am also trying to redirect the output of backup script to a logfile. ...
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Emptying a directory owned by another user weekly

I have a temp directory set up where users can place whatever files they need to send to other users via HTTP. The owner of this directory is an SFTP user, and cannot run cron jobs. I have one shell ...
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How to run a cronjob in my regular environment?

Both the shell and environment variables that cronjobs are run in is completely different from the ones presented to me in gnome-terminal. How can I run a cronjob under the same circumstances as if I ...
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How can i dump /tmp/files in CentOS to Dropbox using crontab?

How can i dump files from my CentOS box to Dropbox account? As regular nightly backup task.
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Have cron email output to MAILTO based on exit status

I have a cron job running a php command like this: php /path/to/script.php > dev/null This should send only STDERR output to the MAILTO address. From what I gather the php script is not ...
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How to print the next crontab tasks to be executed?

Is there some way to display a list of the approaching task executions? That is, translate this crontab: # m h dom mon dow command * * * * * imapfilter 4 20 * * Sun fgit gc -- ...
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Cron log on debian systems

On Redhat systems cron logs into /var/log/cron file. What is the equivalent of that file on Debian systems?
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Where is the cron timer

Is there any way to access the cron timers and get the seconds left until the next execution of scripts in the crontab or maybe the seconds since the last?
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When I schedule a command with 'at', can I change where the output is mailed to?

When I schedule a job/command with at to be executed in the future, the standard output and error of the command is "mailed" to the user that did the scheduling. So after my job runs, I get a message ...
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How is cron scheduling actually implemented and makes sure scripts run on time?

I want to ask about cron jobs. OK, we place the scripts in the crontab and the cron daemon executes them. Now if I understand this, each minute, cron checks the crontab of each user and executes the ...
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Is crontab multithread?

I don't know where I can find more information about crontab, so I ask here. Crontab is it multithread? How does it work?
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Does cron jobs per se represent a significant burden on a modern system?

I'd like to run a pretty simple script (is there a dir with name x in dir y if so move it to dir z–and x will only be there about once a day) every 15 seconds or so (one minute divided into 4*15 ...
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How to start the cron daemon

I am using RHEL 5.4 I killed the cron daemon accidentally. I wanted to stop a cron task, didn't know how to do it, ended up killing the cron daemon itself. How do I start it again?
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cron ignores variables defined in “.bashrc” and “.bash_profile”

I have defined "SHELL" variable in /etc/crontab file: [martin@martin ~]$ grep SHELL /etc/crontab SHELL=/usr/local/bin/bash [martin@martin ~]$ file /usr/local/bin/bash /usr/local/bin/bash: ELF 32-bit ...
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How to have cron run a python script as root?

How can I get cron to run a python script as root? Here is my crontab file: 0 * * * * ./twitter/twitter.py Am I doing something wrong?
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Bash script to delete a file called index.html recursively

I need a bash script (not sure how to write the actual .sh file) which I could set to be run by cron every minute and that would delete files with the name index.html that are in a specific directory ...
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Is setting a higher nice level for a process an effective way to reduce its impact on system load/CPU time?

I have an rsync cron job which is pushing the server load and triggering monitor alerts. If I set the job to be run with a high nice level, would that effectively reduce the impact it has on system ...
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Cron jobs and mail notification

I have (from one tutorial) cron job which make weekly backup on my website and is working fine. #!/bin/bash NOW=$(date +"%Y-%m-%d-%H%M") FILE="mysite.com.$NOW.tar" BACKUP_DIR="/home/user/backups/" ...
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How to stop monthly cron output email

Server is Debian 6.0. In /etc/aliases I have; root: me@mydomain.com This is so that root emails get sent directly to me. Today, a monthly script I have placed into /etc/cron.monthly has emailed me ...
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Add a one-off scheduled task through a shell script?

I'd like to execute a task at a given time, once. I know I can just use crontab -e to add it there, but I'd like to do that through a shellscript. crontab -e gives me some temporary file to edit ...
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executing a sh script from the cron

I have a test.sh script #!/bin/sh php /home/v/file.php sh /root/x/some.sh when I execute the file as root from command line it works. sh /home/v/test.sh when I set it to crontab -e (is the root ...
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Rsync problem with cron and no problem manually

I have a backup.sh file that launch an rsync command. This rsync is to backup my dedicated server on a RaspberryPi running raspbian. (I use keychain so I don't need to type any password etc ...) The ...
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Automating tasks on a website on a headless server

I want to automate a task which can only be done on a website (with prior login) on my debian server. There is no public API available, so I can't use one. Is there a way to do so? I thought about a ...
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cron not executing?

I have the following cron tab installed: crontab -l # m h dom mon dow command */10 * * * * "echo" >> /tmp/cron.log The server is at rackspace, it's a cloud server: Linux myserver #8 SMP ...
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I need help with a cronjob to watch for runaway processes and kill them

I have an interesting situation, I have a runaway ruby process - I know exactly how I trigger it. Point is, it got me thinking about runaway processes (CPU usage or memory usage). How would one ...
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Does cron know that the instance to be scheduled is already running?

I was wondering if we add a job in the crontab e.g. to run every 5 mins and the job does not actually manage to finish in 5 mins, does the cron daemon know that the previous instance is already ...
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Bash if script is called from terminal echo stdout to terminal, if from cron do not echo output

I would like to have a service watchdog script echo the status to the screen if called like ./watchdog.sh but if it is run by cron, there is no need to echo output. What is the proper method? Where ...