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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Please install an MTA on this system if you want to use sendmail!

I get this message in /var/log/apache2/error.log everytime a cronjob on my desktop wgets a php page that tries to send an email. How can I install a dummy so this message is gone? I already have ...
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Cron Job Not running after proper setup

So I created a cron job as shown below: GNU nano 2.2.6 File: /tmp/crontab.uNoEXy/crontab # Edit this file to introduce tasks to be run by cron. # # Each task to run has to be ...
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Crontab commands and backup

I have the following crontab running on my server: 0 23 * * * /etc/webmin/postgresql/backup.pl --all @daily /etc/webmin/fsdump/backup.pl 155931323799484 30 20 * * 0 /etc/webmin/fsdump/backup.pl ...
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Cron won't execute if am not logged in

I have a cron that makes a backup of MySql, if I execute on shell it works pretty well even if I'm logged when cron supposed to execute works fine, but if I'm not logged just won't execute, I don't ...
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Cron is running but not providing output data

I'm trying to make my Amazon EC2 instances stop and start by a crontab. EC2 Api tools is succesfully installed. Manually it works. The cron (which I put in with the command crontab -e): 10 * * * * ...
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Can I set up a cron job on Ubuntu Phone

I've been looking around, and can't find if Ubuntu Touch can run cron. So my question is: Can it? Also does it have a standard set of bash utils installed?
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Cron not running scripts, no errors in /var/log/syslog

I have a script that creates a file in cron.d and puts some jobs in it. Cron seems to not execute these jobs at all, since the program it runs is set to log all executions. The file inside cron.d ...
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A bit of help with cron script please

I would like to set a cron on an ubuntu server to download a file to a specific location. How would I go about this? For example once a day I would like my ubuntu server to look for a file on a ...
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Why my weekly anacron job is not executed?

I'd like to use anacron for a weekly job on Ubuntu 13.04. Here's my /etc/crontab: # /etc/crontab: system-wide crontab # Unlike any other crontab you don't have to run the `crontab' # command to ...
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Script won't run properly in crontab, no path or permission problems

I use the geany text editor, which has a command line option to list all open documents. The following command works fine when run from the command line: /usr/bin/geany --list-documents > /home/...
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Cron job as specific user not running [duplicate]

On my Ubuntu box I have a crontab setup for my normal user that has the following: 0 0 * * * sudo mysqldump -u root -h localhost --all-databases | gzip > /home/<user>/mysqlbackups/db_`date +%...
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Cronjob is not running, but works from scheduler

I have this script for file show.sh #!/bin/sh zenity --warning --text "here" in crontab i have this line * * * * * /home/user/Public/show.sh then i restarted my crontab user@user-170:~/Public$ ...
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Schedule task to close

I want to schedule transmission to close at a certain time every day in Gnome Schedule task. I figured out how to get transmission it open at 12:01am, but how do I make it close at 5:00am?
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Cronjob Bash not exporting

I have written the following script to run for when users have last logged in. I am trying to export a cronjob to a .out file. For some reason, I cannot get it to export. #!/bin/bash for User in $(...
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Why does my cron job appear to do nothing?

I wrote a groovy script to check a service and send email if it found a problem. It works fine from the command line. I've struggled with getting it to work properly from cron. This is my current (...
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How to set a cron job to run a shell script?

I had set a cron job: 20 * * * * /usr/bin/sh /home/lucky/myfile.sh The main problem is that at the schedule time, there is an error: "mail have sent to /var/spool/mail/lucky". The contents of ...
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Cronjobs made via cronjob not working

I have the following in my cronjob -e: 00 17 * * 1-5 /home/jhvisser/bin/drive-at-five-record 00 18 * * 1-5 pkill rtmpdump 50 15 * * 1-5 /home/jhvisser/bin/z1035-no-commercial 55 16 * * 1-5 pkill ...
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I cannot find my schedule for system shut down

Long time ago I set a schedule for shutting down the system at a particular time. Now I need to change this time but I cannot find this schedule anywhere. I checked crontab and gnome-schedule Does ...
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Programmatically sync dropbox without daemon running

I would like to 'manually' force dropbox to sync at certain times (eg at regular, daily intervals using cron, as part of a larger backup script). My goal is to substitute the dropbox daemon with ...
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Make the daily log rotate run on exact time

I have Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS server. My daily log rotations which are listed under /etc/logrotate.d/ are executed at the morning around 7:00 am, but it is not on exact time, each day it changed on range ...
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Why can't I restart cron daemon in 12.04 LTS?

I just changed the timezone on my server and therefore need to restart crond so that it will pickup the change, but when I try, this is what happens: root@s2:/# service cron restart stop: Unknown job:...
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Cron to send email if file doesn't exist

I have a cron job that executes a shell script like following 00 01 * * * sh /backup/script.sh Now I need to add a functionality in cron so that if this script doesn't exist then it generates an ...
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Auto shut down if usage timer exceeds daily limit

I would like to activate a cron job valid for specific users only (for my kids) that it will check if the kids use the pc more than e.g. 60 min per day and then poweroff system. This means that if the ...
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When logging in directly to an application, will the transmission-daemon run in the background?

I have a media computer running Ubuntu 12.04 and XBMC. I also have flexget and transmission-deamon set up to run automatically every hour with a line in my crontab. @hourly /usr/local/bin/flexget --...
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Cronjob sends out mail but I did not specify one…?

Have built an asterisk system using Ubuntu everything works great however I have one question. Have created a cron job and I receive an email which I did not specify in the crontab -e now the job ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 cron not executing

Here's the issue I'm having... I have a webserver that sees a fair bit of traffic. I want to keep a near real time backup of it on another server. That backup server will process log files, visitor ...
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Cron job not running

I have created a script #!/bin/bash echo "tredor" If I run it using command line, it works, but when I move it to being a cron job, it doesn't. In crontab -e , I entered the following code */5 ...
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Loading data into MySQL database using cron

I would like to make the loading of data into MySQL database (Ubuntu 12.04) a cron job. I have am able to do it manually using the code: LOAD LOCAL DATA INFILE re.txt INTO table rasss LINES ...
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cron.daily jobs not running

I created 3 daily cron jobs to run. Below are the three that are placed in etc/cron.daily rkhunter.sh #!/bin/sh ( rkhunter --versioncheck rkhunter --update rkhunter --cronjob --report-warnings-only ...
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Cron task appears to run in syslog, but does not appear to be actually running

I made a short script on one server to backup a folder and send it via FTP to another server. I'm trying to set it to run every minute using crontab. It works perfectly when I run it manually, but ...
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Loading data into mysql database

I have a text file which i would want to load into mysql database on Ubuntu server 12.04 LTS. I have entered the data into the file trey.txt and i moved the file to /tmp directory. When i move to the ...
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Does ubuntu support “@reboot” in crontab

Does ubuntu support "@reboot" in crontab ? I find documentation suggesting it is supported, but web chatter asserts it is not. I cannot make the @reboot section work. The "after midnight" section ...
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what does /path/to refer to in entering a cron job

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 ...
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Cron job every second

How can I run a PHP script every few seconds in Ubuntu Server? (bonus: How can I run random within the cron script, e.g. every 3 seconds + random(3 seconds) )
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Run Cronjob every night between 3-6 o clock but only once

I want to run a cronjob daily at a specific time range but only once in that period. How is that possible? I see a possibility in anacrhon but don't know how to set up such scenario.
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Setup cron job to send email to a bunch of people on a regular basis

I want to send a fixed email reminder from my email address every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to a bunch of people. How do I go about setting this up using crontab? I have an email account on the ...
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use Cron to mail log from a job

I have a weekly script that cron runs to make a zfs snapshot. I was wondering if it is possible to mail a OK mail if the job run correctly and a error mail if something happened and in the content of ...
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Check if torrent file is complete before copying

I have a crontab command that daily copies .iso files found within my torrents folder into an iso directory on a separate partition. My problem is that multiple .iso files will still be in the process ...
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How do I set up PHP and MySQL cronjobs on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) server?

I just made a LAMP install and got SFTP working. My question now is: How do I set up cronjobs on Ubuntu server? I need to make some cronjobs for my PHP/MySQL application. I look for un-activated ...
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Crontab woes — help me figure out why it's not running

I'm having troubles creating a crontab that executes a series of php scripts when I specify it. From what I can tell the cron doesn't even run... Also if someone knows a method to allow me to run ...
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php script not executed by crontab

I have setup a cron to execute one of my php scripts. But the problem is the php script is not being executed at all not even partially. Here is the cron I have set up 45 23 * * * /usr/bin/php -q /...
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how to know WHAT and WHEN the next cron job is?

Is there a tool or a way to view the next scheduled job (in the system or at least at the user level) and its time, without looking into crontab (crontab -l)? Edit: Imagine that there are 500 ...
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Script not running from crontab but running from terminal?

The script is running from terminal but not from crontab.The script code and error i am getting is written below : Cronjob */5 * * * * cd /root/; python mkdir.py Script #!/usr/bin/python import ...
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Cron creating empty files in the root directory

It creates files with 0 Bytes, with the same name as the php being called in the task. I have a task that runs every minute, my folder /root is crowded. My task: * * * * * /usr/bin/wget -q https://...
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Crontab won't execute vlc live stream

Im trying to auto start and stop a rtps stream via vlc in the crontab: sudo crontab -e 15 9 * * * vlc -vvv rtsp://user:pwd@xxx.xxx.xxx:xxx/stream1 and nano /etc/crontab 14 9 * * * camera vlc -vvv ...
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Give www-data permissions of root?

I want to access the root crontab from web interface.I have Apache and PHP installed.I have a project in which i have to change the job timings in crontab. How can i change the timing of crontab jobs ...
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cronjob to store home-ip

I'm working out a cronjob to store my current ip (home-server) on my external VPS server in a database. I can now use the ip to connect to my home server without using DynDNS. (OK, probably you think ...
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Starting xterm windows via cron

I am using cron on Ubuntu Server 12.04 to schedule the system to automatically reboot at midnight, and on reboot, execute a script that starts a vnc server and opens eight terminal windows and runs a ...
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How do I make my system crontab fetch a URL and email it to me?

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 with Apache module. I opened crontab by executing vi /etc/crontab It says on the top that unlike any other crontab you don't have to run the 'crontab' command to install the ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 how to completely remove anacron

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 for an embedded project. I need cron jobs to execute only at their specified time, because time may be stepped forwards (resulting in a missed job) but those jobs should be ...