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I want to create a cron job which will run every 5 minutes. I have understood the concept of setting the condition of 'every five minutes' from a previous answer on the same topic. However, i do not understand the part where it says /path/to command. i have the format for every 5 minutes as */5 * * * * and i have set root as the user. The job i want to be have run every 5 minutes is executed by the following command

snmpbulkwalk -v 2c -c public -OXsq \
      . > /tmp/S01_ARP.txt

How can i add this cron job properly

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The /path/to/command is the the path to the bin file of your command snmpbulkwalk. When you run snmpbulkwalk, you're actually running its binary file which is located probably in /bin or /usr/bin. To find out what this path is, run which snmpbulkwalk. Let's say this returns /usr/bin/snmpbulkwalk. Therefore, your cronjob would be:

*/5 * * * * /usr/bin/snmpbulkwalk -v 2c -c public -OXsq . > /tmp/S01_ARP.txt
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Ah now I see what he means... Ok. – don.joey Aug 21 '13 at 12:29

If I understand you correctly you want to know how to setup this cronjob. Just hit

 crontab -e

Then choose your favorite editor (for me that's vim) copy and paste the line above and make sure it is followed by a white line. Then save it (in vim you hit ESC and type :wq. Then you can check whether it is in the cron file by typing:

crontab -l

If am not mistaken you can check in which folder your cron job starts by adding a cron job like:

* * * * * env > env-output.txt

and then read the env-output.txt file after a few minutes. This file will contain your path and all that sort of stuff. But maybe your command might work out of the box.

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