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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Reg: Cron job is not running

I have set my cron jobs in linux ubuntu. Cron is not running and even already set my mail id to test whether cron is working or not.Its not luck for me. How to fix this issue.
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Crontab not executing script with cURL

I have a cron that's set to run every ten minutes that works fine if I execute the file manually by entering php register.php But, my cron will not execute this file once it includes anything cURL ...
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Cron, xconf-query and Xubuntu 14.04

I have updated my Xubuntu to the 14.04 version. Unfortunately, I am experiencing a problem. I have a script, named earth, updating the wallpaper of my desktop. Here is the code #!/bin/sh nice -n 19 ...
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Why is this rsync + ssh cron job giving me 'Permission denied (publickey)' errors?

I make frequent backups to a local drive which I want to sync daily to a remote server. The target server is configured for SSH key (no password) access only. Since my primary SSH key for that server ...
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Is there a programmable way to tell if the screen is locked with the new Unity interface?

I have lots of stuff in my crontab, including some that talks to my screen. If I'm not there for it to be notifying, I don't really want it to run. Is there a way I can check to see if the computer ...
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Who runs scripts inside /etc/cron.hourly if anacron is enabled?

I've read that if anacron is enabled cron doesn't run the scripts inside cron.weekly/hourly/daily/hourly, as not to run them twice. So anacron takes responsability on that folders. However anacron ...
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unattended-upgrades error: “/etc/cron.daily/apt: DB Update failed, database locked”

Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS Since installing unattended-upgrades, the following error message is received daily: From root@xxxxx Thu Aug 28 06:36:06 2014 X-Original-To: root From: root@xxxxx (Cron Daemon) ...
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Crontab command does not function properly

I have the following crontab entry to automate copying of my files to separate W/S in the network. However, it does not copy the files but produce the log file. here is the file contents #! ...
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How to start a GUI application from cron?

I need to run a Java applet from a Firefox. The problem is, I need to run this Firefox from a cron. If I run from the command line and its work fine, but when put the command in the cron it failed: ...
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How To Run A Shell Script Again And Again Having X Interval Of Time In Root? [duplicate]

I have a shell script in my Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS at ./ShellScript.sh. I setup /etc/rc.local to run the shell script after boot but before login using below code. To run run it boot write this ...
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Unable to execute expect script via cron even with the permissions set to 777

I created an expect script that won't seem to run when called by cron. I included the full path in cron when calling it as follows. * * * * * /usr/local/sbin/checkForRemoteTasks ...
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Tell me where is mistake in anacron task?

I have tried to make this task for abacron: dm@dm-system:~$ cat /etc/anacrontab # /etc/anacrontab: configuration file for anacron # See anacron(8) and anacrontab(5) for details. SHELL=/bin/sh ...
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Scheduled tasks won't run simple command

The command below works fine in terminal but won't run using the gnome scheduled tasks. pacmd set-sink-volume 0 42768
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Is it possible to a crontab file containing 1k+ lines of schedules?

I'm planning to create scheduled tasks and I want linux to handle those tasks using crontab. Note: some tasks have different schedules and some are the same [crontab file (schedule.cron)] * * * * * ...
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Chkrootkit not producing a log file

This is the line from my crontab However, the log never gets sent to me..and when I check the log it is empty. I have tried Chkrootkit from the terminal and it runs OK. What am I missing? 30 09 * * ...
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Cron job not working properly on start up

Thanks for reading this. I have created a bash script to backup my databases. The script will create a directory for the day then create a backup file for each database within that directory. It ...
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printf, redirection, crontab

I'm having trouble redirecting C printf statements to a file with a program running as root. I have a program with several informational printf statements and other libraries which print errors via ...
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How can I configure a second SSH key + user for a single server?

I have a SSH key which is passphrase-protected. Authentication to the server is by SSH key only, password authentication is disabled. Both the server and my desktop run Ubuntu 14.04 and authentication ...
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bash script to back up file [closed]

I have a few files to be backed up. I need a script to check line number of a file and if it exceeds, say 8000 lines, it will simply zip it and name it with date prefix format. I need your help.
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How to launch interactive shell script in bash hourly with cron?

I put this line in the crontab: 1 * * * * DISPLAY=:0.0 /usr/bin/gnome-terminal -e /home/user/Desktop/mltpl The script is executable. If paste that command in the terminal--that is, the string ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 not running Bash scripts in /etc/cron.daily

I have a few scripts (that currently run in a CentOS system) I have moved to a new Ubuntu 14.04 system. These scripts are in the /etc/cron.daily to run once a day. These scripts are to run at the ...
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Crontab does not work

I have 2 crontab commands. The cron below works fine: 00 19 * * * cp -a /home/kmportal/VirtualBox\ VMs/cyn.in-disk1.vmdk /media/windowsshare The cron below does not work after I add the time ...
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Using unattended-upgrades or cron for automatically updating packages from different sources?

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 + XBMC on a HTPC and now I want to setup automatic updates on this machine. On top of the normal Ubuntu sources, I have also 3 other sources installed, of which I want to ...
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unwanted periodical restarts

A couple of weeks ago, I thought I solved the cron job problem which is responsible for unwanted periodical restarts in 60 mins. I used acpi=off line for this. But now the problem occurs again with ...
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How to tell cron to find paths to tools?

Is there a way to indicate to cron how/where to find (paths to) tools such as python, nmap, php and so on? I ask this because when I schedule a job using crontab -e, I always need to specify the ...
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cron does not work

I read about cron. I edited it by running crontab -e and I added this line: * * * * * php /var/www/createFile.phpWhen I run ls /tmp/ I do not see any file create by my php script. Why does not it work ...
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Cron job not running - postfix/sendmail error

Here is my content of sudo crontab -e @hourly /home/userName/ntpdate.sh The content of my script (ntpdate.sh) //.25 is my ntp server echo "Current time is $(date), " >> ...
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rtcwake cron does not work

I intend to put my computer to sleep every night and make it wake up again next morning. I found that rtcwake would serve my purpose. However putting it in the crontab does nothing. Following is my ...
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Start a transmission-gtk using a cron job

I'm trying to start my torrent client using a cron job. Following is the job I added to crontab file(contab -e) 00 20 17 07 * transmission-gtk I waited for the time but transmission-gtk didn't ...
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Which tasks in “Scheduled Tasks” (gnome-schedule) use anacron versus cron?

I am trying to run a command once a day, but my machine is not always on. anacron says it's meant for such purposes, but I prefer to use the Gnome Scheduled Tasks GUI program. If I schedule a task to ...
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How to schedule an irregular backup script requiring user confirmation

I have a backup script which requires user interaction. I would like to schedule it to run, say, once a week. The constraints are that (1) the computer boots straight into Gnome and is turned off ...
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sending email from cron with correct format

I am stuck when sending email in correct format from cron jobs executing my php script which fetches records from mysql database. i have a php script which fetches records from database and renders ...
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Run the script file after 5 or 10 min after restarting the system

I have created a ruby script file that checks the connection present or not. For example checking port 22 is opened or not. Firstly I tried with cron job as follows @reboot find ...
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Error starting python file using cron

I'm trying to get a python file to run every 2 mins, I'm using the following cron command but the script never runs. Would anyone know what the possible errors could be related to starting a python ...
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cronjob to remove directories that are smaller than x in size

I want to run a cronjob every 6 hrs that deletes directories smaller than 200MB. I know dh command would do the job, but i'm not sure how to use the command. Any help is appreciated.
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Crontab not run job and change job

I've set 'Crontab' with root user and -e key but Cron is not running my jobs and after little time, my job is removed and replaced with other text!!!! The jobs set: # m h dom mon dow command ...
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Why is my cron script to dump a MySQL database not executed?

I have the following cron job: * * * * * /home/db_backups/test.sh which runs fine and is executed every minute. If I check with sudo grep \(CRON\) /var/log/syslog I get the following: Jun 23 ...
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crontab with espeak doesn't work when sound card is busy with google hangouts

There may not be a solution to this, but here's the problem nonetheless :) I'm on Ubuntu 14.04, using latest Chrome as my browser My sound card is busy being used by Google Hangouts My crontab is ...
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Cleaning up yesterday's files via script

I would like to run a cronjob that ran every morning to move the files that were created on the previous day in a specific directory to be moved to a folder that has been created with the previous ...
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sendmail with cron job

a=$(df -h /mnt/smb | tail -n +3 | tr -s ' ' | tr '%' ' ' | cut -d ' ' -f 5) echo $a if [[ $a -ge 30 ]]; then cat /etc/diskspace/text.txt | sendmail test.gmail.com fi Hallo guys this is my ...
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Does duplicity detect when a Backup Is Already In-Progress?

Any time you schedule a recurring backup, it is always possible for a previously-initiated-backup to run so long that the next scheduled backup gets initiated before the previous backup completes. ...
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Understanding the at-command to schedule another command

I use cron to schedule things in Linux, but recently I discovered the "at" command. sudo apt-get install at I don't understand the scope from which this command operates: How would you schedule a ...
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Start Skype on boot with crontab [duplicate]

I includes these entries yet Skype don't manage to start on boot: @reboot /usr/bin/./skype @reboot /usr/bin/skype
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Editing Gsettings unsuccesful when initiated from cron

I must have a blind spot, but I cannot find what it is. I made a small python script that removes VLC from the sound menu. It runs perfectly in any way I run it from the terminal or from a launcher ...
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difference between atjobs & atspool directory

when i was working with ubuntu 12.04 at command i noticed that there are two different directories /var/spool/cron/atspool and /var/spool/cron/atjobs . I want to know what is the difference between ...
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Bash script runs fine, but not in cron

I have a script that's supposed to record a shoutcast stream for an hour, convert it to mp3, and then save it. The script runs correctly when I run it from the terminal, but I can't seem to get it to ...
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Cron doesn't execute one of the scheduled jobs

I'm using a lubuntu desktop, distribution Ubuntu 13.10, i686. This is my problem: in the job list scheduled by cron a job hasn't effect, but in /var/log/syslog its execution is traced. This is the ...
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Running a Screen instance of a program as non-root

I've got a dedicated server (Ubuntu 12.04, no GUI) set up to launch an instance of McMyAdmin and attach it to a screen instance every time I reboot the hardware. I have the command saved to root's ...
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cronjob output will not show in terminal

I've been trying to get the output of a cronjob to show in the terminal and I can't figure it out. Every minute I would like to run the script /usr/games/sl and have it output in the terminal, and ...
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Running shellscript with cronjob is making problems, executing manually not. Ideas?

I made a shell script called /home/root/cron_grads.sh (chmodded 755) on my server. In this directory are more grads-scripts like 500hPa_p0.gs (644). My main script creates a temporary file ...