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at and cron are tools for running commands unattended. The planned command can be run when the user session does not exist or when user is logged in at different terminal so the atd daemon reads the standard output of the command and sends it to the user via email. When user wants to do something else then he must redirect the standard output. But redirect ...


I'm running Debian 8.1 (jessie) You can have the the 'at' output go to a terminal by using tty. $ tty /dev/pts/1 $ at now + 1 min warning: commands will be executed using /bin/sh at> echo 'ZZZZZ' > /dev/pts/1 at> <EOT> One minute later, and 'ZZZZZ' will show up in your terminal...

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