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The manual for atd describes the command-line option:

-b Specify the minimum interval in seconds between the start of two batch jobs (60 default).

How can I permanently set this option so that, for example, jobs queued by batch are allowed to run within 10 seconds of each other?

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In Ubuntu 11.04 atd is started in /etc/init/atd.conf. Modify the line

exec atd

to use the command-line options you want.

In older version of Ubuntu atd be be started in something like /etc/init.d/atd using normal shell syntax. If you have such a version and need help editing please provide that file.

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