A technique for scheduling tasks to be run at a specific time or on a specific event.

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PBS equivalent of 'top' command: avoid running 'qstat' repeatedly

When I run several jobs on a head node, I like to monitor the progress using the command top. However, when I'm using PBS to run several jobs on a cluster, top will of course not show these jobs, and ...
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Is there a good reason to prevent users from using cron/at?

At work on our linux servers, I have a standard non root account. Unfortunately the account does not have permissions to crontab or at. Is there a good reason to block these commands? I can write a ...
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Using sched_rt_period_us for setting maximum time between task calls of order of 10ms

I realize sched_rt_period_us and sched_rt_runtime_us are meant to prevent freezing the system in case of runaway RT task. I wonder though, if it's possible to use a small value of sched_rt_period_us ...
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What is the functionality of SCHED_SOFTIRQ in linux?

Who raises this softirq? Is it raised on every time tick( based on timer interrupt?) Does this make the kernel to shedule a runnable process? If yes, how does the handlers of lower priority softirqs ...
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What does “INFO: task XXX blocked for more than 120 seconds” exactly mean on Linux?

I had this message in my kernel log : INFO: task XXX blocked for more than 120 seconds. I would like to know what it means technically: under what conditions does the kernel display this message about ...
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What makes the Linux scheduler seem unpredictable?

The question refers to the output of a multi-threaded application, where each thread merely prints its ID (user assigned number) on the standard output. Here all threads have equal priority and ...
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How to shutdown Linux at a specific datetime from terminal?

It seems I can shutdown using sudo shutdown by specifying a time or minutes. Is there a way to specify datetime for shutdown?
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take the DRAM performance of the processes into consideration when scheduling

The CFS scheduler in Linux schedules the processes based on the virtual runtime of CPU. But, the DRAM memory is the bottleneck in most of the emerging domains. Why not take the DRAM performance of ...
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Can you make a linux system halt and boot my Raspberry-pi at certain times?

How to make a system turn itself off and back on at different times. For example I would have my "server" turn off at 4 A.M then turn back on at 5 A.M every day. Is this possible? I am using a ...
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Linux Fedora 20: how can I find out what is happening behind the scenes

I have Fedora 20 installed, using MATE desktop and zshell and something weird is going on. I get lots of odd unexplained beeps from my speakers, even though the volume is turned down to zero, so ...
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expanding the priorities table in runqueue in Linux kernel

I have a hw assignment that I'm having really hard time with, probably since I'm new to the whole Linux kernel thing. we're supposed to add a new scheduling policy to the existing scheduling ...
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Spawning processes on a job stack

I have a hobbyist server on which I want users to upload a file, and then receive the overcome of some processing (server-side) over the given file. I am doing the processing synchronously so that for ...
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Thread process in linux

I'm wondering about the "punishment" that occurs when a new thread is created. From my understanding of clone(2), NPTL (New POSIX Thread Library), CFS (Completely Fair Scheduler), when a new thread ...
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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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Why does the 'user' and 'sys' time vary on multiple executions?

There is a nice question and answer explaining the relationships between 'real', 'user' and 'sys'. It explains the reasons why 'real' can vary, and defines the 'user' and 'sys' as times the process ...
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Enable BFQ in Fedora

I am running Fedora with the stock kernel and I'd like to enable the BFQ disk I/O scheduler, and ideally BFS. I have built my own kernel and that works, though it is a royal pain dealing with the ...
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Run program while computer is cool

I'm trying to compile a program on a computer with inadequate cooling. The program, specifically, is the linux-ck kernel with -mtune=native march=native processor-specific optimizations, so simply ...
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High precision scheduler daemon

I'm looking for a scheduler daemon like cron, but with at least seconds precision so I can use it for a radio automation app. I've heard conflicting rumors about cron's ability to handle seconds. If ...
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How is the real-time priority of a process set by default?

I understand that, for scheduling purposes, Linux processes have a "nice" value and a real-time priority value and that these can be explicitly altered with the nice and chrt commands. If the user ...
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Does the timeslice depend on process priority or not under Completely Fair Scheduling?

I'm trying to understand the Completely Fair Scheduler (CFS). According to Robert Love in Linux Kernel Development, 3rd edition(italics his, bold mine): Rather than assign each process a ...
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Is the Unix process scheduler itself a process?

Is the Unix process scheduler itself a process, or does it piggyback on other processes in the same way a system call does (running kernel code in the user process with the kernel bit set)?
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What is the scheduling algorithm of the Native POSIX Thread Library?

According to Wikipedia, The Native POSIX Thread Library (NPTL) is: a software feature that enables the Linux kernel to run programs written to use POSIX Threads efficiently. Which algorithm is ...
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Which process scheduling algorithm is used by Linux?

The Linux operating system switches between running processes to enable multi-tasking. What algorithm is used to determine when to suspend the execution of the currently running process and which ...
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Real time processes scheduling in Linux

I have been learning some scheduling concepts. Currently my understanding so far is as below. There are real time processes and non real time processes. Non real time processes can have nice values ...
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Why highest priority threads are displayed with RT in top and htop?

In the top and htop tools, processes (or/and threads depending on display settings) having the highest realtime priority (99 from the userland API point of view) with either the scheduling policy ...
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How to install and use at job scheduling?

I am not clear on the following: Is the process for at available to all linux installations? Or do would I need to do something to "install" it?
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How do I make “at”-tasks repeat at a specific time?

I want to schedule a script to run every Monday at 9am. How can I do this? I can only find examples for given days, not repeating things with at. Cron is not a solution.
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What does a computer actually do with its spare CPU cycles?

When a computer is not running at full load, in the context of Linux, what does it actually do? Between scheduled threads, if there is nothing to do, does it spin wait? Does it enter some sleep state? ...
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How to set cron job for system

I'm really new on Linux and have no any previous experience on it. And I opened this account to ask this question. I need to install a cron job I've followed the short guide here. Well, I think it ...
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What is the minimum round robin scheduing interval supported by Linux?

For some reason, I want to have 10 processes share the same CPU core by affinity. As you know, to achieve CPU sharing between processes, we can exploit the Linux round robin (RR) scheduling policy. ...
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Schedule job at irregular intervals

It's simple enough to use cron to schedule a job to occur periodically. I'd like to have something occur less regularly -- say, run the job, then wait 2 to 12 hours before trying again. (Any ...
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Meaning of PF_VCPU and PF_WQ_WORKER

do you know what the constants meaning is defined in linux/sched.h: #define PF_VCPU 0x00000010 /* I'm a virtual CPU */ #define PF_WQ_WORKER 0x00000020 /* I'm a workqueue worker */ What ...
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Where are cron errors logged?

If I setup cron jobs incorrectly they appear to silently fail. Where should I look for an error log to understand what went wrong?
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Trigger job only once and only when load is low

I'd like have automatic update of my gtags, but only when the system is idle. To achieve this, I'm using iupdate to watch over the interesting parts of my source folder. But I have a problem with the ...
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Using the Echo Command with Sleep command

So I asked a question on here a few weeks ago and the response I got was helpful but I figured I would add some info to get a better response. I work with a computer system that has 8 servers (4 ...
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Is there a way to make your process use less CPU?

I want my device to use less CPU to save battery. I have a program that uses a large amount of it. nice won't help as all it does is change scheduling when CPU is at %100, while I don't want it to get ...
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Which process scheduler is my linux system using?

I'm not quite sure if stackoverflow or serverfault is the forum to use for this question, but ill try here. Is there some command I can use or a file I can check in order to find out which process ...
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Why isn't the -rt (RT-Preempt) kernel patch included by default in the mainline kernel?

According to https://rt.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/RT_PREEMPT_HOWTO , the RT-Preempt patch converts Linux into a fully preemptible kernel. The magic is done by: Making in-kernel locking-primitives ...
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how to queue a command to run after another command finishes?

Sometimes I start a program that takes a very long time to finish (emerge), then realize that I should go to bed instead of waiting for it. If I know this in the first place I would run program; halt ...
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Can a real-time process exist in the 'expired' queue of linux kernel?

In the Linux kernel 2.4: Real-time processes are given a priority of 0-99 and they co-exist in the ready queue along with the nice processes (who's priority goes between 100 and 139). But real-time ...
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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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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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How to display next schedule time for a TSM node?

0:root@SERVER:/SERVER/fs_111 # dsmc q schedule IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Command Line Backup-Archive Client Interface Client Version 6, Release 4, Level 0.1 Client date/time: 03/09/2014 ...
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What is the recommended way of setting a default IO scheduler on Linux?

I would like deadline to be the default IO scheduler for my system, and I don't want to lose that config when I reboot. What is the proper way of doing that? (I'm using Debian) Some hints: have a ...
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Faster delayed execution than 1 minute?

I am working on a program that can "upgrade itself" by install a new package. In order to accomplish this, I am using the at command to specify that a shell script should be run one minute in the ...
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Starting Linux from power off at predetermined time (and executing command)?

To put it simply, I'm trying to use my computer as an alarm clock. It's slightly old and noisy, so I'd like it to start from power off at a scheduled time and then execute a command, such as playing ...
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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 does handling an interrupt affects a multi-threaded user space process?

Say, I put a breakpoint (int 3 from now on) somewhere in a user space process code. One of the threads hits the breakpoint... And what happens next? My judgement is: this is an interrupt, so it is ...
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chrt(): “failed to set pid XXX's policy” on one machine, but not others

I have several Linux machines, all of them running the same kernel (Ubuntu 12.04, 3.5.0-45-generic). On one of them, I am unable to use chrt at all. If I attempt to use it on a new process, I get the ...
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Simple queuing system?

Given a commodity PC, we would like to use it to execute some tasks in the background round the clock. Basically, we would like to have commands like: add-task *insert command here* list-tasks ...