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I want to setup a cron job to download up-to-date package only at night. But I found that the cron.daily jobs will be run by anacron if it's installed, so if my computer fails to wake-up at night to do the job, it will run the next time I turn it on.

How configure my system to run /etc/cron.daily/apt exclusively with cron (i.e. at and only at the specified time)?

This is my /etc/crontab

# m h dom mon dow user  command
17 *    * * *   root    cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.hourly
25 6    * * *   root    test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.daily )
47 6    * * 7   root    test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.weekly )
52 6    1 * *   root    test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.monthly )
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Move your script out of /etc/cron.daily and add an entry for it directly in /etc/crontab. For example, you could move it to /usr/local/sbin/cron-apt and then add this entry to /etc/crontab:

0 5 * * * root /usr/local/sbin/cron-apt

This will give you fine control of the exact timing of your job as well. The command man 5 crontab will give you more information on the crontab format.

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