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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How to schedule an update?

I want to schedule my machine to run all my updates unattended at night, but this requires my authentication (which pretty much axes the unattended part). Would it be best to use a cron job or is ...
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How to download Ubuntu Server backups automatically?

I'm thinking of an investment in a new root server running ubuntu. Due to the fact, that the provider won't have extra backup-space, I need an other solution. Is it possible to download the server ...
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Can I push data from web to my Ubuntu?

I am trying to do something which involves pushing data to my Ubuntu 10.10 desktop from web (PHP) and somehow I can catch that data. Just like Push emails. Thoughts? Ideas? I know I can setup a cron ...
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Why is this rkhunter script sending empty emails?

I have started running rkhunter (a security monitoring tool) and I have finally managed to clear all of its warnings. Now, a cron job runs every day to monitor my machine. Rather than send me an ...
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How to automatically visit a website in the background after Ubuntu booted?

I wanted to know how to automatically visit a website in the background when Ubuntu loads. As far as I know w3m is for visiting web site from the console. That is why I am writing following command in ...
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Accidentally Uninstalled ubuntu-desktop and Anacron. Reinstalled. What Can I Expect?

Unfortunately when I installed the fcron package to take a look at it, I didn't realize that I was also uninstalling Ubuntu Desktop and Anacron. So, I then did apt-get install anacron ubuntu-desktop, ...
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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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Does gnome-schedule run things on startup if the run time is missed?

I have a script that I would like to run daily. I set it up in gnome-schedule to run every day at 00:00, and I'm wondering whether it will run on startup if my computer was not turned on at 00:00. If ...
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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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Wallpaper change crontab jobs not working after upgrade from 8.04 to 10.04

I have a crontab job set. It is a script to change the Desktop background wallpaper every 3 minutes. It was perfectly working before upgrading from Hardy to Lucid. When upgraded to Lucid, the ...
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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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Problem with crontab, script runs when executed from command

this is my cron entry: */5 * * * * /home/user/scripts/backupDB.sh && echo "Backup Successful: $(date)" >> /home/user/tmp/mybackup.log This is the script that is called: #!/bin/sh ...
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Why does apt-get fail when automated with cron?

I'm trying to use cron to automate my system updates. You can see my crontab, commands, and resulting errors below. When I run upgrades.sh as root, the script runs fine. When cron runs it, apt-get -y ...
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cron.daily seems to run but doesn't log any activity

We have a number of scripts setup to run in the /etc/cron.daily directory - some of them show evidence of being run at about the right time (files are archived/compressed and truncated), but others ...
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Reasons why crontab does not work

Often, crontab scripts are not executed on schedule or as expected. There are numerous reasons for that: wrong crontab notation permissions problem environment variables This community wiki aims ...
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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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“Backup Intervals” in rsnapshot.conf?

A simple question about rsnapshot. In order to perform daily backups I'm going to add lines to cron in my Ubuntu. Then, why do I have also these lines in the rsnapshot.conf ? ...
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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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Cron jobs show up in GNOME Scheduler but don't execute

I have configured Back In Time and MySQL Administrator to make a backup every day at 15:00. In order to be sure I have installed Gnome Scheduler to see whether these two applications are registered ...
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How can I create a cron command that will execute a command inside a detached screen?

I have created a screen, but can I now somehow execute a command that will run commands in the detached screen? I do not even know if this is possible, but if it is, it will probably be something ...
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How to use crontab, .netrc, and git push?

I am in the process of automating the backups from various servers to a central point then pushing those config changes into a git repo so I can track any changes over time. The rest of the scripts ...
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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 is changing encoding?

I have a legacy Java program that outputs an SQL script. I then use Apache Derby to run that SQL on the target database (which is not on the same server as CRON). When run via putty, this works fine. ...
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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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Cron.hourly won't run

Ok, So I've made my script, I dropped it in /etc/cron.hourly then I chmod 777 the file but it won't run (automatically). If I manually run it, it works fine. Do I need to do anything else?
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How can I setup a Mail Transfer Agent?

I intend to use mutt to send automated emails via cron or at with attachments to my gmail address when particular events happen on my Ubuntu server. Currently, mutt cannot send email to external ...
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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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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 can I use cron to schedule a script that implements daylight saving on a non- DST aware application when my server automatically uses DST?

My server (running ubuntu 8.04LTS server) reports the time as 9:38PM BST right now. BST (British Summer Time) is 1 hour ahead of UTC (or Greenwich Mean Time if you really want to confuse matters) The ...
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How to run cron job when network is up?

I have some anacron jobs which run daily. The scripts update local bzr and git repositories. Naturally these scripts need working network connections. I'm on a laptop and often wired and wireless ...
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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 do I set up a Cron job?

How do I add Cron jobs in Ubuntu?
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How are administrators supposed to read root's mail?

What is the Ubuntu way for system administrators to receive system notifications, which typically take the form of e-mail sent to the root account? Examples of such notifications are the output of ...
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How to run scripts every 5 seconds using cron?

I have a script that needs to be run every five seconds. I know that cron can do tasks by the minute, but is there a way to run something every second?
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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 ...
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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 ...