Cron is used to execute scheduled commands. It acts as a task scheduler on Linux and UNIX systems which will execute commands at specified times set by the user. Cron has a great deal of customization and is often used on server environments where common tasks are run on a regular basis.

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What's wrong with my cron.hourly configuration?

Every hour I get an email with error like this, Subject: Cron <root@supa> root cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.hourly /bin/sh: root: not found Contents of /etc/crontab is as ...
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How to start a job at precise time?

I want to start a recording job at a precise time. As I understand cron only guarantees a job to be started within a minute. One possible solution is to start the cron job earlier and than wait until ...
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How to make a python script run in Anacron

I have a python script that I would like to run daily using anacron, but I haven't been able to get it to work. The script is in my home directory, and I have put a symlink to it in /etc/cron.daily/. ...
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How to interpret this crontab command?

I know that if I wrote in crontab -e following command 01 04 * * * somecommand then it will run somecommand at 4:01am on every day of every month. What happens if I wrote * * * * * somecommand? ...
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execute script after desktop loaded?

I want to execute bash script on startup that opens several terminals in different workspaces. Script works just fine if I call it from terminal, but it doesn't work if executed from crontab using ...
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How to move files over samba share with gnomevfs cli

Ok I am in the process of backing up my film collection to a NAS and I wanted to automate this as much as possible as I have to work at the same time. I am trying to setup a daily dump of ISO's ready ...
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What is proper setup for “anacron”?

I am running Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04 on MediaTemple (ve) servers. On both of them, the anacron setup is broken, ... and they have been broken since I first installed Ubuntu. It has only come to my ...
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Is there a way to suspend/sleep via bash?

I have to get nine 46" LCD monitors (running Windows) to suspend/sleep at 8pm and wake at 8am every morning. It's been a bit of a mess trying to get the commands working, including the privileges. ...
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Cron scheduling: Is the hour argument in 24h format?

In order to run cron in the night at 4 o'clock I need to write 4 * * * *? And to run at 16.00 o'clock, it should be 16 * * * *? thanks
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How to automate mysql backups?

I want to automatize the backup of my databases and files with cron. Should I add the following lines to crontab ? mysqldump -u root -pPASSWORD database_name | gzip > /home/backup/database_`date ...
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How can I set up Ubuntu to install updates without asking? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I enable automatic updates? I would like to have Ubuntu silently install updates every day or so. It it possible to set it to do so? Are there any potential ...
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Cron mail notification

I would like to disable crontab mail notification for one of my task... I run this task every minute, that means 1440 mail per day :S Can someone tell me if this is possible and how can I do this?
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Function of /etc/cron.hourly

If I create a script and then place it in this folder (/etc/cron.hourly), will my system run this script hourly? Or does my script need to begin with a command as well?
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Backup bash script is not gzipping its tarball

I have a bash script that runs as a cron to backup files on the server. #!/bin/bash FILE=/path/to/backup_$(date +%Y%m%d).tar tar -cf $FILE /backup/this /and/that /and/someotherfiles gzip $FILE When ...
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Using % in a cron command

Since the % has special meaning to cron, how do I use it as part of a command? I found this page http://www.hcidata.info/crontab.htm, which mentions piping echo and sed to escape the % and then ...
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How can I setup nightly backups via the command line?

I'm running Ubuntu Server and I'm looking for an efficient way of performing nightly backups of particular directories using cron. However, since the computer isn't always on, I'd like it to just run ...
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How do I make cron email my @gmail account

I have a couple of cron jobs that somethime produce error output and would like to get a notification in my "real" email account, since I don't use my user's mailbox in my Ubuntu laptop, but cron (or ...