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

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Can continually assigning a variable in a shell script cause a memory leak?

I've written a short script to copy Apache's server status to a log: #Save date and time to a variable dt=$(date) #Echo date and time to the log file as it's not included in server-status echo "Time ...
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Cron: Client does not have permissions to send as this sender

Platform: Arch Linux Cron: cronie Mail: msmtp I discovered that sending cron output to a mailbox hosted by Office 365 produced the following error, even though sending mail through the CLI was ...
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Cron task in graphic interface

I need to open one (or more) browser tab periodically and I decided to use cron. The command in the shell (bash) that correctly executes this task is chromium-browser http://mysite.com. If I type it, ...
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How can I ensure that a custom environment variable is set before cron runs a task?

I recently experienced a logwatch issue that is fixed by running export DATE_MANIP=DM5. cron seems to forget this when I logout (presumably because it's not saved). Where can I add this custom ...
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cron midnight 00 24 or 00 00? [closed]

My current crontab looks like this: 00 00 * * 1-5 "/home/user/script.sh" But it seems like it is not being triggered, all others are triggering fine except the one running at midnight. What is the ...
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What's the easiest way to set up a 2-hour alarm?

I want my computer to play some given .mp3 every 2 hours. I want it to run at startup, and be modifiable with a given .conf file. The choice of .mp3 will also be in the .conf file. The reason is, I ...
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How to run a command as if it is called from cron

I write a script and set it as a cron job. But due to a difference of environment variables it doesn't work as it should be. In that case I change a little bit with crontab -e and set a cron job time ...
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Crontab in Daylight Savings

This weekend with daylight savings, we had a situation that when the system clock hit 3:00am from the jump, we had hundreds of processes fire off out of the crontab. Everything I'm reading says that ...
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Cronjob to Run and then Terminate

I want to add a cron entry that does something like: 00 00 * * * * /tmp/script.sh 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 ...
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Why does redirection in crontab result in a zero byte file?

System: Xubuntu 13.10 When I have this crontab entry */5 * * * * cat /home/dbk/.bash_aliases &> /home/dbk/Desktop/junk junk has a byte size of 0. Running $ cat /home/dbk/.bash_aliases ...
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cron Vs. sleep - which is the better one in terms of efficient cpu/memory utilization?

The Case: I need to run some commands/script at certain intervals of time and for this I have two options - 1. set up a cron-job or, 2. implement a loop with sleep in the script itself. Question: ...
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Crontab job start +1 min after @reboot

Need a script executed at each reboot in +1 minute. I placed a record @reboot but it is too early for my script. How to execute it sometime after reboot?
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Cron Job - Log Each Minutes Activity [duplicate]

I have some cron jobs set up to run, some of them each minute. I know I can log them to text files by simply putting php /path/to/file.php > /var/logs/something.txt but can I do this every minute? ...
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Trying to kill cron job processes found by “ps ax | grep keyword” logged in as pi user

I'm trying to kill several processes from the command line logged into the pi as the user pi. All of the processes have been started by cronjobs, so they should belong to the root user. I'm running ...
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As root, how can I list the crontabs for all users?

I have a script being run automatically that I can't find in the crontab for the expected users, so I'd like to search all users' crontabs for it. Essentially I want to run a crontab -l for all ...
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How come crontab -e is different from less /etc/crontab?

Im pretty new to unix and crons, I was currently about to try to add crons to an existing cron file. I read you could do this with crontab -e. The confusing thing to me is just that crontab -e shows ...
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variables in crontab [duplicate]

On our linux server we have a lot of entries. Many entries look like this: 15 13 * * 3 /very/long/path/to/binary/run.sh ... These entries would be easier to maintain if I could write: 15 13 * * ...
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Help with “crontab -e” [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn a little about cron and would appreciate some help. I edited crontab -e to have this line: */10 * * * * /usr/bin/touch /home/dkb/Desktop/test.txt It works and I see ...
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Setting up a cron for every 30 hours in Debian

*/30 */30 * * * python /root/get_top.py I'm trying to run a script every 30 hours and 30 minutes. Is the syntax above proper for that? I've had multiple people tell me that */30 is not a valid ...
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Is a restart of cron or crond necessary after each new schedule addition or modification?

When I schedule a job, some seem to be applied immediately, while others after a reboot. So is it recommended to restart cron (crond) after adding a new cron job? How to do that properly (esp. in a ...
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Is there a better way to stop and restart Apache server every 30 minutes? [closed]

I have to stop and restart Apache every 30 minutes in order to avoid it becoming extremely slow over time. The cron job that I use as follows: @echo off rem Launch google.com, wait 2 seconds, then ...
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Backup of svn repository and mysql database on daily basis

How do I instruct Ubuntu 13.10 server to: zip svn repository dump mysql database into .sql script tar both files copy backup tar onto sdb disk Are there any premade tools for such kind of ...
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Run unix command precisely at very short intervals WITHOUT accumulating time lag over time

Question I'd like to be able to run a UNIX command precisely every second over a long time period. I need a solution, which does not lag behind after a certain time, because of the time the command ...
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Running cron.daily in parallel

Being able to put a script in /etc/cron.daily is really nice because I can do it easily from a configuration management system or a package. However, my understanding is that all the entries in ...
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Cron not running my script

I'm not sure why but my app never executes when I reboot my machine. In crontab > crontab -e I see @reboot /root/myscriptname.sh The file is #!/bin/bash nohup mono-sgen /root/myapp.exe ...
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Use /etc/init.d/fetchmail with the personnal ~/.fetchmailrc

Now, I have two users in my system using fetchmail with a personal ~/.fetchmailrc and syncing there mails with the command fetchmail -kv --uidl -m '\''/usr/bin/procmail -d %T'\ (In a cron but this ...
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Logrotate not picking up or acting on new configuration file

I had a logrotate configuration file set up for a log (let's call it Log1). It is working fine and the log is rotating everyday as expected. Yesterday I cloned this set up and modified it for three ...
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Why am I not receiving any system e-mails? [closed]

In my crontab, I have the following: * * * * * sh /home/rimmer/test.sh In /home/rimmer/test.sh I have the following: #!/bin/bash echo 'test'; I have also set chmod +x /home/rimmer/test.sh, of ...
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Installing crontab using bash script

I have created a script to install two scripts on to the crontab. #!/bin/bash sudo crontab -l > mycron #echo new cron into cron file echo "*/05 * * * * bash ...
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Debian, nonroot, cron, bash script and rebooting at specific time

As nonroot user, how can I schedule a reboot every day at 4:30am? 30 04 * * * /home/user/scripts/reboot.sh As a nonroot normal user, I'm sure the system won't allow me to use the reboot command. ...
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crontab is giving only 2045 lines of output instead of 6000 lines

I am executing one shell script with crontab which has to give more than 6000 lines output only it is giving output up to 2045 lines then coming out. when I run that shell script it is working fine ...
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Is it possible to use the at command to schedule a job to run at a given timestamp?

I want to schedule a file to run using the at command, as described in this tutorial. I see that the at command supports the posix format -- but I don't see any mention of timestamps. Surely it is ...
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How can I peek at the output of a running crontab task on OpenBSD?

I have an hourly hour-long crontab task running with some mtr (traceroute) output every 10 minutes (that is going to go for over an hour prior to it being emailed back to me), and I want to see the ...
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Cron job is not working [closed]

i have a cron job center code hereonfigured at var/spool/cron/testuser, Am calling "adindex.sh" file from there. Am getting results when am directly put the command directly in prompt(php and sh), ...
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How can a normal user trigger a root cron task to execute immediately, without delay?

I have a root cron task that runs every day. But I want to allow normal users to request that it run immediately, if they so wish. It is a harmless process and it can run as often as needed and these ...
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How can I manage my crontab effectively to avoid issue by multiple updates by multiple users?

I have a crontab that includes many users updating it. The problem is that because of this, it is not easy to know who did what modification of a cronjob. I was thinking to create a script to do a ...
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How to find a cron job if you know the specific time it runs?

I've been using kSar to look at my servers resource use. There is a definite spike in process creation at 4:04AM daily. Cron seems to define the interval they should be run, but not the specific time ...
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what does mean crond[2113] : (*system*) RELOAD (/etc/cron.d/mycron)

crond[2113] : (*system*) RELOAD (/etc/cron.d/mycron) My cron job is not working and I got the error above in log, What does mean that, how can I know what is going on. My cron job code: ...
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“No space left on device” - plenty of space and inodes left [closed]

I am using amazon linux on an ec2 instance. I am running a cron script as root that copies files to a different directory on the same machine, but some of the file copies are failing with a "no space ...
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cron runs job at unexpected times

I have set up a cron job on my local Ubuntu 12.04 server to log on a remote server through a passwordless ssh connection and run mysqldump on a database on that server once a day. My problem is that, ...
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using mergecap for set of files

Im trying to use mergecap to merge 15 old pcap files in a folder. I tried to use FILES=($(find /mnt/md0/capture/DCN/ -maxdepth 1 -type f -name "*.pcap" -print0 | xargs -0 ls -lt | tail -15 | awk ...
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How to get cron to delete files with names starting with foo and file extensions ending with bar? - done with php script

I'm sorry to post such a question but honestly, I've spent hours reading posts and still it doesn't work... Also if this should be posted else where but this felt like the right place. I have a ...
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Neither crontab nor anacron is running, how to debug?

I'm running Arch ARM on a PogoPlug and want to execute a file every hour, the file when call directly runs fine (it is executable), for testing the file /etc/cron.hourly/crontest contains ...
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dpkg-reconfigure: not found when running in cron

I have a virtual server (debian) and the clock fails to sync from time to time (probably because i save/restore state with vboxheadlesstray). To fix this issue I run dpkg-reconfigure ntp && ...
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Root Cron Won't Run Script (permission denied)

I've edited my root cron tab to periodically execute a script located in a particular user's folder using this command: sudo crontab -e When cron runs the script, this is the output: sh: 1: ...
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Using notify-send with cron

I am using Arch Linux with KDE/Awesome WM. I am trying to get notify-send to work with cron. I have tried setting DISPLAY/XAUTHORITY variables, and running notify-send with "sudo -u", all without ...
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Are the crontabs of users linked?

Our Linux server has a community user that has a crontab for itself. The admins don't want me to schedule my scripts on their crontab because they don't want to take responsibility for my programming. ...
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crontab nodification is taking too much time

There are 300 processes configured in a single Linux server's crontab. if I want to stop or modify any of them, I have to comment them out (i.e. # ..cron..) for all processes. It's a time consuming ...
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crontab's @reboot only works for root?

man 5 crontab is pretty clear on how to use crontab to run a script on boot: These special time specification "nicknames" are supported, which replace the 5 initial time and date fields, and ...
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What does /etc/cron.daily/apt do?

Could someone explain what the apt script is doing in cron.daily please? I can't find any documentation on it. NOTE: I'm trying to investigate a server-server communications issue which frequently ...