Is there a way to "query" a crontab to find which cron jobs run at some arbitrary date/time, or during a certain range of times?

For example, determine which will be run at sometime between 14:00 and 16:00 today, will run next Saturday at 10:00, or run every Sunday?

There are a lot of jobs scheduled, so reading all the crontabs by hand isn't really an option.

  • one of the solution can be to make timestamps, and redirect it to your monitoring system, in that case you can make script/check that actually checks what is executed and when
    – klerk
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 20:02
  • @klerk:Timestamps?Where from the cronjobs?I can not modify them as they are too many and all don't belong to me but other users.
    – Jim
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 20:03
  • @klerk:I mean how does linux when it should run a job? Some how there exists some kind of code that can interpret the crontab entries.Right?
    – Jim
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 20:04
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    @klerk Seems perfectly clear. OP is trying to answer the question: "At 3pm tomorrow, which jobs will crond run?" and several variants on that theme.
    – derobert
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 20:14
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    @Jim You might find what you want here: stackoverflow.com/a/137173/2100043 - From there you just need to get creative with you command line filtering tools.
    – BriGuy
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 20:22

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I found this tool called cronviz which will show you a graphical representation of your crontab entries.


You have a problem: something's causing performance issues on the application server between 1 and 4 AM, and the cron jobs seem a likely culprit.

Naturally, you eyeball your crontab to find out what's running during those hours.

Now you have two problems.

Over time, cron jobs accrete into an impenetrable, opaque mass of text. Trying to get a comprehensive sense of all the various run times, and finding patterns therein, can be exceedingly difficult. Crontabs are written for computers to interpret -- not humans.

Example screenshot

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