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

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Rotating iptables logs, strange message about script being converted to upstart job

I use a script /etc/logrotate.d/iptables containing entries like: /var/log/in_iptables.log { rotate 4 weekly missingok notifempty compress ...
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Crontab change MAILTO for only one specific job in Root's crontab

Can I do the following to change where mail goes for one specific crontab job in root's crontab (don't sent to root for Do Something job, just send to porklover): # Make a hambone appear * * * * * ...
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Does cron impose some limitations to types of commands and privilege of execution? [duplicate]

I've experienced an issue where some of my scripts run perfectly fine when I call them manually, but these same scripts when called as cron jobs via cron don't seem to work at all. So my question: ...
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How to restart the Python script automatically if it is killed or dies

I am running my Python script in the background in my Ubuntu machine (12.04) like this - nohup python testing.py > test.out & Now, it might be possible that at some stage my above Python ...
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Running cron jobs under php ver. 5.4

My hosting company switched me to php version 5.4. I run a Drupal site (D7.) They say: You'll want to make sure your crons use "/usr/php/54/usr/bin/php" instead, as otherwise it will use PHP 5.2. ...
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Disable cronjob after reboots

How can I prevent cronjobs from automatically starting after my server has rebooted? Every time I reboot my server the cronjobs start up again, which I'd like to prevent. These servers are running ...
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Is this sar/sysstat cron job formatted correctly?

I want it to give me all the sar/sadc options, interrupts,disk,etc.. every 10 seconds starting at noon for the entire hour. On the second line I want to capture the info in /proc/interrupts every ...
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Cron does not execute xinit command

I have a command that works perfectly when launched from the prompt: xinit /home/user/myscript.sh -- /usr/bin/Xvfb :1 -screen 0 1x1x8 But is not executed when put in crontab: @reboot xinit ...
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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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Day of week {0-7} in crontab has 8 options, but we have only 7 days in a week

Day-of-week: Allowed range 0 – 7. Sunday is either 0 or 7. I found this after Googling, my question is why should both values (0,7) correspond to Sunday?
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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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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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How to add the logs to a crontab with time stamp [duplicate]

In crontab, I scheduled a daily backup script. Now when the cron executes the script the status are logged to a log file as shown below. 0 0 * * * /home/backup.sh > ...
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How to switch tty with a script / cronjob

Is it possible to switch the current tty/vt with the help of a bash script or a cronjob? I only know the physical keyboard input "Ctrl-Alt-Fx". I would like to show two virtual desktops at different ...
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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 ...
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Mysterious automated emails

I remember messing around with crontab and setting up email capabilities on a server many months back, and now all of a sudden I'm getting the following email: EMAIL HEADER: from: root ...
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Where to put system cronjobs?

If I need a cronjob that runs at system level (i.e. not specific for a certain user) how do you suggest me to create it? running crontab -e as root appending it to /etc/crontab creating a file ...
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Create cron as a apache user and run as root user

I am creating this cron as apache user and want to run this cron as root, below is my code snippet: # Create a cron job to restart apache cron_file="/etc/cron.d/restart_apache_crontab" cron_job="*/1 ...
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Why don't these cron jobs run?

Here is my crontab: # rsnapshot jobs 0 9-21 * * * /usr/bin/rsnapshot -c /home/kaiyin/.rsnapshot.conf hourly 52 22 * * * /usr/bin/rsnapshot -c /home/kaiyin/.rsnapshot.conf daily 42 22 ...
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Shell script passing null value while executed as cron job [closed]

We are using the below commands to get pagesapce values and I need to check percent of used pagespace. For this I have used the below code, but when running this script it's passing a null value into ...
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How to rebuild /etc/cron.d on CentOS?

I installed an RPM on a CentOS machine that was supposed to merge its own files contained in a /etc/cron.d structure with the current /etc/cron.d. However it replaced the current contents. I believe ...
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create a cronjob to run php script

I've created a cronjob in Xubuntu to run a PHP script in every 5 minutes. I did it as follows. I entered the following command: $ crontab -e Then entered the following: */5 * * * * /usr/bin/php ...
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How do I completely silence a cronjob to /dev/null/?

On my Ubuntu-Desktop and on my debian-server I have a script which needs to be executed each minute (a script that calls the minute-tic of my space online browsergame). The problem is that on ...
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How to use Crontab for a java file in linux

How can I use Crontab in Linux specifically for a Java program? I want to run a MIS Script. How can I crontab it and what should the path be?
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Mailing output of cron

I have this script which I run once a month, and I want to get the output sent to my email. If I run it manually like so, then the standard output is sent to my email. ./monthly_mail.sh | mail -s ...
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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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Command to run an application within a specific directory

I want to be able to type a line of command to do the following two commands that I know: cd ~/rpitwit_commands/ rpitwit This is because I want to automatically run it upon boot in crontab, and it ...
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How to check whether my cron job for backup using tar was succesfull [closed]

I have a cron job to tar backup websites and databases and upload the backup to a NAS. Instead of checking the tar files on the NAS. Is there any way to check if the tar backup process completed ...
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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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wget command not working in cronjob

here is my command : wget -c -O /home/alireza/Desktop/1.mkv http://mysite.com/myfile and here is my /etc/crontab file : SHELL=/bin/bash PATH=/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin MAILTO=root HOME=/ 0 2 ...
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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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Daily logRotate for apache at specific time

How can I execute logRotate daily at a specific time (3h30) each day? Specific details on how to do this would be appreciated. I'm on Debian.
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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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Is there a update manager whitout gnome dependencies for xfce?

I'm looking a update manager for Debian Xfce. I installed xfce on a computer which will be use by laypersons. Therefore, I want another way (graphical) to launch apt-get update && apt-get ...
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output of top gets truncated to 80 columns when run by cron

I have got the following logging script: #!/bin/bash top -b -c -n 1 >> /var/log/toplog/top.log And the following record in my crontab: */1 * * * * /home/clime/scripts/toplog.sh The ...
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How to only output commands from CRON?

INPUT: * * * * * ( /path/to/foo -x ) 3 * * * * /full/path/tothing 3 3,2,4 * * * /full/path/tothing4 3 OUTPUT: ( /path/to/foo -x ) /full/path/tothing /full/path/tothing4 3 Q: How can I truncate ...
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Globally change path for all users, even in cron

We're setting up an SGE cluster with CentOS 6. My sysadmin is installing applications that are not installed via RPM (i.e. via other means like make install) should go in a non-standard directory, in ...
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How to change cron shell (sh to bash)?

Is it possible to make commands in crontab run with bash instead of sh? I know you can pass commands to bash with -c, but that's annoying and I never use sh anyway.
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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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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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Why are new cronjobs ignored unless crond is restarted in SLES?

I added a new cronjob with a user (SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9.4): # su - XXX $ crontab -e and this is what I added: * * * * * echo `date` >> /home/XXX/a.txt but the a.txt isn't ...
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Cron Job Clean Directory

How is it possible to delete files older than 14 days in a folder using a cron job? Everything I have tried so far hasn't worked.
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cron: bash syntax not working

I am trying to add following command to crontab: I=1; for X in $(/bin/ls -r /var/tmp/*); do [ $((I++)) -le 28 ] && echo "lower" || echo "higher"; done When executed on the command line (in ...
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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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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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What is wrong with my cron job?

I'm new to linux, and was told I could use a feature called cron job to run a python script I made execute every 10 minutes. Problem is the the python script isn't running. There doesn't seem to be a ...
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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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Cron does not print to syslog

I have following crontab file - # /etc/crontab: system-wide crontab # Unlike any other crontab you don't have to run the `crontab' # command to install the new version when you edit this file # and ...
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Cron job does not fire up after a timezone change

I've tried eliminating many of the common errors, 1) ensuring that the PATHs are available for cron 2) there is an endline at the end of crontab file 3) the timezone is set-up by: cd /etc cp ...
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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 The above cron entry should run midnight on monday and create a file in /tmp called hostname.txt with the output of the hostname command. But it is ...