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

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cronjob for automatic DB backup to date prefixed file

I am using the latest Linux Mint. I was wondering if it's possible to create a special cronjob for a database backup. In my /etc/cronjob file I have the following code: # Minute Hour Day of ...
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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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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 to restore default crontab file

I have recently lost my cronjobs. now when i do crontab -e i am presented with an empty file. i would like to get the default file back with the nifty comments and explanaitions at the top!
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Cronjob output to log

I'm using a script for testing broadband speed and I would like to set up a cronjob for testing every n minutes and output to a file. The command to launch it from a shell console and append to ...
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Need help with a script to test for memory usage [closed]

I'm trying to put up a temporary band-aid while I work out a solution for a app's memory leak. What I wrote was a small bash script that I put in the root on the server. This is what the script is ...
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Stop cron sending mail for backup script?

I have set up a backup script to back up world data on my Minecraft server hourly using cron, but because the worlds being constantly edited by players, tar was telling me that files changed while ...
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set up local mail delivery to user from cron script

A line in my cron.daily script not work as expected. I haven't any special smtp mail server in system, this line rsync -avun --inplace /oneuser/file.xls /otheruser/file.xls| mail -s "$0 $?" ...
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Crontab entry with hour range going over midnight

Is this valid crontab time specification, doing what is expected: 0 22-4 * * * Or is it necessary to do something like 0 22,23,0,1,2,3,4 * * *
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Users home path in a bash script

I'm writing a bash-script that will be run as a cron job everyday. Very basic, I was wanting to change the wallpaper daily. I have mint-14 with mate. The thing I'm getting caught up on right now ...
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How to use crontab (Gentoo)?

First I installed and ran crontab: emerge cron crontab -e In another console, I ran man cron, but this has no examples of how to use crontab. Where can I get examples, and why are there none in the ...
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Periodically download attachments from mail box

Is there a preferably CLI based program I can use to regularly (through cron for example) use to check a mailbox, and download the attachments into a folder? I have a mailbox called ...
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Custom directory for cron commands

I'm using vixie cron on Debian/Ubuntu. How to set a custom directory to be read by cron? I want to lead crontab to run commands found in a series of files, e.g. /home/cron/*.cron or perfectly ...
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Is there anything in unix crontab to determine this should be executed in PST/CST standard time?

There is this thing in QuartzScheduler where we can say execute this in CST/BST/ or whatever timezone. This is also good when you want to execute some jobs in certain timezones and certain jobs in ...
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List currently running cron tab and stop it

I created a cronjob, it runs for a very long time but now don't know how to stop it. Please help.
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Is there any handy command line tool to manage Cron jobs?

Would someone suggest any handy command line (NOT web) tool or script which adds, enables and disables Cron jobs? I am looking, for example, for the following (or similar) behavior: sh manageCron.sh ...
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stop parallel processing for a cron triggered process

I have configured my webservers cron jobs to trigger some php script, every 15min, but sometimes the script takes morethan 15 min to complete execution, by the time another process of the same script ...
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Stop cron script from destroying my mirrorlist with invalid data

I have to following cron script that runs daily. As you should be able to see from the code, it outputs the results from reflector to /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist. $ cat /etc/cron.daily/update-mirrorlist ...
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Emulating /etc/cron.d/ on OSX

On most modern unixes, cron supports individual crontab files in /etc/cron.d, in which each task executes as a specified user. These files automatically update the crontab once edited. They allow ...
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Send backup by email with crontab

I use this cron job to do a backup of /home/blah/ each day at 01:00 a.m. : 0 1 * * * tar -zcf /home/blah/backup.tgz /home/blah/ In fact I would prefer that an email is sent to me with the .tgz file ...
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How to execute recurring Bash script at specific times?

How would I set a script to execute on every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:50am? I've been looking at the at command, but I can't conceive how to use it the way I need to from its man page.
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Cron job not behaving as expected

So I have a python script that pulls down git/svn/p4 repositories and does some writing to a database. I'm simply trying to automate the running of this script and based from what I see in syslog it ...
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Qt program not invoked by cron

I had a simple Qt program, when running, it shows a simple window with a countdown timer. If you might be interested in the code, please see here. I had crontab line * * * * * ...
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How can I pass a filename containing percent signs (%) as a parameter to a shell script in cron? [duplicate]

We have currently setup a cron job for our new script as below: 46 22 * * * /gzm_common/diagbat9/global/prod/chgstatus.sh /backups/diagbat9/Demantra/output/SK_ITEM_EXTRACT_MFGPRO_$(date +%m%d%y).txt ...
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How could I signal to a cron job to skip runs?

I have a cron job that runs every X mins and that I would like to have a way to "signal" it not to do anything if needed. Is there a standard way for this? The only idea I had is to check some ...
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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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Suddenly lost all cronjobs

All of a sudden my cron jobs don't work any more. When I type crontab -e I am presented an empty file in the editor /tmp/crontab.3fMYGi/crontab And by empty I mean that not even this standard ...
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How to respawn vpnc when it stops?

As root, I've setup a crontab rule that launches vpnc everyday early in the morning (before I arrive at my workplace). But it often occurs that the vpn stopped mid day. As a result, I have to sudo ...
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How to run a script as soon as the week number changes?

I would like to keep my download folder sorted. My goal is to have the files of the current week in the download folder, and the older files in a folder named after week number and year (eg 2013.09, ...
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Running services without sudo

I want to run a nodeJS web server on a couple of machines which I don't have sudo access on. What would be a good way to do this? The two requirements are: running the service without being ...
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Rsync over Rsync via cronjob

I have a local server which Rsync's from some computers on the LAN. It's a part of a backup solution. This Rsync runs via cronjob twice a day. Occationally people add gigantic amounts of data, like a ...
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How can I schedule a python program to run from another python program?

I'm running a Python program on my Linux server, and depending on some external data it has to run again at xx minutes or hours from now. So let's say it runs at 6 AM, and then it has to run again at ...
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Location of crontab job created by non-privileged user

The issue I currently have is someone has created a crontab process to run on a RHEL 5 box, yet has not left me any privileged user information. How can I execute this cron job that was setup to run ...
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PHP phantom cron job

I disabled all my cron jobs by putting a # in front of them. Except for one: @reboot echo "Hi I rebooted" The rest are: #0 2,14 * * * /home/backup1/mysql-backup.sh #0 * * * * mono ...
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/etc/crontab edited via copy and paste, how to revert back?

I have made a mistake, I have edited /etc/crontab via copy and paste. And now those crontab entries are not working. [root@process ~]# cat /etc/crontab SHELL=/bin/bash ...
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How do I run a program only once per day, while accounting for variable uptime and possible failure of program?

I need to run a command once, but only once, per day, until it succeeds. Continuous uptime cannot be expected, and program success cannot be guaranteed. This program requires network access, but not ...
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Need to find a cronjob

I have a problem, some user ,and I'm not sure who, on one of my servers wrote a cronjob that executes every night at midnight. The cronjob creates a sql dump of a database which is then grabbed by ...
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Anacron job complains “Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display”

I'm trying to make a simple weekly Anacron job that backs up my computer if I click yes on the dialog. The script I wrote works fine if run manually, but when Anacron runs it, nothing happens and I ...
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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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Changing user's wallpaper via system crontab

I tried to set up wallpaper change via cron in /etc/crontab, but I failed. DISPLAY env set directly / before cmd, but still it's not working: DISPLAY=:0.0 * * * * * ad env DISPLAY=:0.0 ...
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change the name for root mails from cron

I have two servers that are synchronized with rsync, one is the failover server of the other, so they both have the same name. Now root mails that are sent to my other account are all named from root ...
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To write this Pseudocode with Regex

I am doing a Makefile which I run regularly by Crontab every day at 0230 crontab -e; 30 2 * * * /bin/thePseudocode Python-like Pseudocode directories = ["Cardiology", "Rheumatology", "Surgery"] ...
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Limit a text file to 100MB

I have several log files on my server that I would like to limit to 100MB large. I'm considering creating a cron job that will run once a month and remove the oldest characters (closest to the top) ...
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Logrotate behaving unexpectedly

Find below the logrotate configuration that I'm using /usr/local/nagios/var/nagios.log { copytruncate daily rotate 7 compress missingok size 100M } And I could notice that ...
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Executing PHP with CronJobs in CentOS 6.4 not working?

So I've spent around 2-3 hours now and some times researching, I found several of the same responses online but none seem to work! I'm trying to execute a PHP script every minute (as a test), but it ...
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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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“stdin: is not a tty” mails for running scripts as cron jobs

I have several shell scripts (bash) which are started by cron. Every time a script is executed I get an email saying "stdin: is not a tty". Can someone please tell me how to fix this? All scripts run ...
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Crontab + Ruby on Rails: /usr/bin/env: ruby: No such file or directory

I have a ruby on rails app and I need to schedule a crontab for a rake task. */5 * * * * RAILS_ENV=production /usr/local/bin/rake -f /usr/local/www/mysite-web-production/current/Rakefile ...
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Logrotate doesnt start proftpd triggerd by cronjob

Im currently running of ideas. The proftpd doesn't restart, if logrotate is triggered by the cron task. Logrotate rotates all logfiles stops proftpd but does not start proftpd again. If i force the ...
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How to add crontab in FreeBSD

I am trying to add a job to my crontab in FreeBSD but it is not working : I have used this to add the job: sudo crontab -e -u vaibhav @daily /home/vaibhav/applications/comparison/scrapy but it is ...