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

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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 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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cron is ignoring MAILTO

I have big trouble with cron. On Debian 6, it is ignoring the MAILTO variable. Is there some other variable that has to be to set for cron to send emails to a different email address then local root? ...
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How to overcome this error when running a script in crontab?

This is basically my script. #!/bin/sh #set -x ...
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How do I process new additions to logs

I know that I can use a few tools like tail and less to view the newest additions to a growing log file. What I want to do, though, is run some sort of script at regular intervals (like cron) on the ...
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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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Configure job to expire

I'm learning Linux at the moment and were doing some exercises scheduling jobs with cron and crontab, but I'm wondering if it's possible to limit the amount of times that the scheduled job is ran. ...
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`crontab -e` sometimes fails with “Creation of temporary crontab file failed”

From time to time crontab -e fails on me on a Ubuntu box. It is the same for all users including the root and crontab -eu <user> under the root. Goes like this on a regular basis, a success here ...
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Use dedicated per-user log file for cron and?

On Ubuntu 12.04 how can I configure cron to log to a particular file when it runs jobs as a particular user? I am interested in redirecting both the messages that go into auth.log and those going into ...
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Cron file syntax checker/validator script

Does anyone know a script (bash, perl, php ...) to validate the syntax of crontab files? I found this http://www.intuitive.com/wicked/showscript.cgi?053-verifycron.sh but just Vixie cron notation is ...
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Send email on every change of service status

I am running a Debian server and i have setup mailutils to send an email from command line from root@localhost to an external email. I would like to slightly modify it, so it can send emails on every ...
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'nc' using ~100% CPU when transferring a FIFO file

On the server which is always connected I’m using this in a crontab: @reboot nc -k -l 1337 < /tmp/fifo.fifo On the client which is not always on the network or switched on I’m using this ...
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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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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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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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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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Logrotate or scripting to manipulate log file

I want to make sure that a certain log file gets empty when it reaches a specific size. I first used logrotate since the man page says: It will not modify a log multiple times in one day unless ...
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How to monitor the integrity of a script that is running?

I want to make sure a running python script was not modified accidentally by some other process (or cosmic ray, or unexpected developer update). I've heard of comparing a checksum of the script (e.g. ...
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How to set one job to run at precise time with anacron without losing config at next upgrade?

I want logrotate to run at a precise time daily. Currently it is set to run at some random time using anacron and I don't want to change the randomness factor for all the other jobs. I have ...
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start xscreensaver from cron@reboot, ubuntu startup, service/deamon?

I need start xscreensaver for ubuntu, and it can be started in ubuntu startup application. my question is: can xscreensaver be started in cron@reboot? can xscreensaver be started in service/deamon? ...
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Cron job scheduled to run on specific day-of-week is running on last day of month as well

I have a cron job scheduled to run every Thursday at 6am via the following schedule: 0 6 * * 4 It's been running as expected, but on Tues, September 30th it ran (unexpectedly) and again on ...
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Maintain screen session when executing shell script on boot

Solved: I solved this problem by introducing a delay before executing the script: @reboot sleep 60; /root/start_server.sh On Ubuntu 14.04, I have a crontab entry set to run on reboot: @reboot ...
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systemctl to start cron-like job

In /etc/systemd/system directory I have: rsnapshot-backup.service file, with following content: [Unit] Description=rsnapshot backup automation [cron like] [Service] Nice=19 IOSchedulingClass=2 ...
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Permission denied when running logrotate with anacron

I am trying to figure out what is causing anacron to send me the following error message: /etc/cron.daily/logrotate: /var/log/mariadb/mariadb.log-20140710.gz: Permission denied error: error running ...
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Cron job running but not establishing tunnel

I have a script which establishes a reverse tunnel on an endpoint HostB. It looks like this: cat tun.sh #!/usr/bin/env bash # Test code /usr/bin/ssh -V 1> /home/userA/bin/tun.stdout 2> ...
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Incrontab does not execute command

When I use incrontab out of the box, I mean no changes, I get no result, as if the command was not executed. my incron line is : /crrae IN_CREATE,IN_CLOSE_WRITE,IN_MOVED_TO /usr/bin/unix2dos $# the ...
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How to block the user for a certain amount of time

Suppose, I am working in X environment, and I want to have an obligatory periodic rest. Is it possible to setup a root cron job, that will block my user for 5 minutes every 45 minutes? I am using ...
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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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Create a fake read only device like file with incrond

I need to generate UUID with uuidgen (not through any function call, but external command, because processes which will read the file cannot call any APIs or external commands directly). My idea is ...
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Unplug AC causes anacron to stop. No resumumption if cron.daily had already started?

Anacron is started/stopped by a number of means, one of which is when AC power is plugged/unplugged, as can be seen by examining /etc/apm/event.d/anacron and /usr/lib/pm-utils/power.d/anacron. You can ...
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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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Scheduling cronjobs at specified time

I have scheduled some jobs in crontab which are to be run one by one, at some specific time. My script for crontab is : 15 10 * * * /Users/sri/files/BatchFF.sh 45 11 * * * /Users/sri/files/BatchGC.sh ...
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External HDD read/write permission changing from a cron job

So, I run an overnight python script that runs a backup of our web data in the /var/www directory, then moves the backups to an external HDD in /media. The script in scheduled in the sudo crontab ...
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Schedule backup with notification?

To avoid editing files at the same time of backup scheduled by cron, I figure out a way: Before backup, send a desktop notification such as notify-send -t 0 "Ready for backup", to let me prepare ...
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editing files at the same time when cron automatically runs backup

I heard that it is a good idea to schedule backup in crontab file. I also head that it is bad to edit files while they are backed up. It may happen that cron stats to backup a directory while I am ...
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shell calling another shell program fails when run by crontab

I have scheduled to run the run.sh program like this: 16 09 07 * * root /opt/db_maintain/run.sh > /opt/db_maintain/temp-log and here is the run.sh: #/bin/bash #********* Saman ********* ...
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Synology jailkit debian cron debootstrap

I have a Synology NAS. For advanced using of my server, I installed a debian with chroot-jailkit and debootstrap. I follow those instructions (in french sorry) This is working really fine. I have ...
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How do I realize a Shell Script that keeps track of how long the keyboard has not been used ?

Is it possible to write a script that counts the time between two pressed keys, so that one could put a script into the crontab that checks if the keyboard had not been for longer than a certain time ...
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Using a custom script for cron jobs mail notification

After coming across Mailgun I would like to write my own script to use their API in order to send mail notifications from cron jobs — avoiding in this manner having to worry about installing a ...
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Pngquant does not run in Crontab

I have created a small script to compress all the images using pngquant. The script is as follows: #!/bin/bash find /home/ghosthut/wp-content/uploads -mtime -2 -iname '*.png' -print0 | xargs -0 ...
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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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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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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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Issue running Python script via cron inside Docker

I have an official Ubuntu 14.04.1 container running via Docker. cron is working fine, I added * * * * * /bin/echo "working" >> /test to my crontab using crontab -e and then I started cron with ...
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How to know the which jobs are scheduled in cron for today

I am looking to get the details of jobs which are scheduled to run from cron for today and need to make it as a script by 12AM every day to get the job details that are scheduled for today and like ...
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Configure cron for daily NMon task

I want to configure a cron job for NMon to gather stats during all day, everyday. Leaving a file per day to dump into NMon Analyser. I know the proper command to get a spreadsheet format its ...
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How to prevent cron emailing on termination

Whenever one of my cron scripts finishes, I get an email saying /bin/bash: line 1: 19653 Terminated <command>. How do I prevent this email being sent? I suspect it might only happen when the ...
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Using gpg-agent to decrypt password in cron job

I have two scripts that both need to decrypt passwords using gpg-agent. Both of them run fine when launched from the terminal. The problem is that when run via cron, they both fail with these ...
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Fetching all Git repositories in the background

I'm thinking about setting up a cronjob for fetching all my repositories every once in a while, to have the current status ready in case I'm offline. Something like the following (wrapped for better ...
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why daily cron isn't running on CentOS 6?

I have a daily cronjob set up on CentOS 6 OS which should look after the log rotation job. The file is /etc/cron.daily/logrotate and it's contents are #!/bin/sh /usr/sbin/logrotate ...