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 automaticly open a URL at specific times each day

I am using kubuntu 14.04. I have installed cron using sudo apt-get install cron, and then I created this file in IDLE, called openurl.py. #!/usr/bin/env python import webbrowser ...
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Command to sleep (put into low power state) and scheduled task to wake back up [duplicate]

I can use sudo pm-hibernate to put my laptop into a low power state, but I have to press the power button to turn it back on. Is there a way I can put it into a low power state that can then be turned ...
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crontab file unexpectedly filled will lot of text

Suddenly all my cron jobs disappear. Execute crontab -e, I got a file with lot of text. My ubuntu box is a virtual instance on VirtualBox. I have one instance running without problem, I exported, and ...
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crontab sometimes doesnt work

I am trying to execute a script via crontab but some scripts work, while other do not. Why does this happen? username@here> crontab -l 00 13 * * * csh -c /home/apps/bin/jobnumberone.pl 00 18 * * * ...
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PPTP won't connect from a cron command

I'm trying to work out why my VPN won't connect when the command is initiated from a cron triggered script when that same script and command otherwise work as expected. I have a remote server which ...
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@reboot in crontab could increase the startup time?

I have a script that updates my ip address in the DNS server. Sometimes this script takes 3 or 4 secs to run. I want to know if the script execution time could increase the total startup time of my ...
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Need help fixing my cron job

I just recently installed Tiny Tiny RSS. I followed the instructions from here to set up the cron job. I did this to add my cron job: sudo crontab -e This edited the /tmp/crontab.PkFSFo/crontab ...
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Autostart a Python script in an LX terminal

I have a python script which extracts continuous data from an incoming serial string and inserts the fields into an Sql database. The python script can be run manually from an LX terminal and works ...
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Copy sub-directory from 1 directory to another

I need to make a copy of the content of one directory to another. I need to copy only 1 sub-folder. For example; if I have a folder called "from" and want to copy one of it's sub-folders (with all ...
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tracking down possible file system corruption issue with f2fs

I am investigating a potential file system corruption issue running f2fs on an ARM 7 device with an Linux 3.12/ Ubuntu 14.04 stack on top. So, the symptoms of the issues are as follows: The ubuntu ...
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Schedule to record video stream in VLC

I work at a school and have setup a workstation to broadcast/stream the morning announcements for the teachers and kiddos. Teachers in the classroom access this stream via Windows Media Player or ...
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Configure when unattended-upgrades should reboot

I've set up unattended-upgrades and configured it to reboot at 3:00. Upgrades itself are installed after 4:10 so I have about one day before an upgrade will cause a reboot. Last install was this ...
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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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Best way to schedule script, crontab or other options?

I never use crontab, and while it ask me for root password, I am careful. So my question is, I have to run periodically (let's say every 30 min)a simple script for analyze the text file, which is ...
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How to run a Shell script using Crontab [closed]

I set a cron job as a root user: * * * * * /usr/bin/sh /home/abc/Desktop/AbcFolder/pqr.sh Also, I made sure to change the rights of the file pqr.sh to CHMOD 777 Below is my pqr.sh shell script ...
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I have lost the visual Cron manager from webmin

I don't know if this was an effect of the shellshock attack which my server was victim to (or another attack that worked) but it basically enabled the hacker to overwrite my SSH config file when the ...
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cron job to run google-musicmanager and have its indicator showing up in the menu bar

For some reasons, I need to periodically run a script with cron in order to start Google Music Manager (and to perform some music folders/files and config management stuff, which pose no problem). ...
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Scheduling shutdown in layman's terms

I'm trying to schedule a shutdown for 10:30pm (22:30) each evening. I am fairly new to Ubuntu. In Windows 7, this was an extremely easy task. Apparently in Ubuntu this is a rather complicated task. ...
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Automatic shutdown at specified times?

I'm aware I can use (sudo?) shutdown -h hh:mm in a terminal window to shut down a system, however the user that is logged in is a kiosk user, which is locked down in such a way that terminal (or any ...
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Thousands of pam_unix log entries in logwatch

My logwatch reports, within the CRON section, contain thousands of entries like those below. How can I either reduce the number of log entries OR have logwatch ignore them? Jan 30 18:49:01 ota3 ...
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User specific cronjob

I need a user specific cronjob on my ubunt 14.04 server. But if I enter crontab -e as the user, vi opens and I can see /tmp/crontab.Lb3Khc/crontab" [Permission Denied] I have already created a ...
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cron runs at wrong time

I have a /etc/crontab file. It's pretty much the default one except for the daily tasks: '# m h dom mon dow user command 17 * * * * root cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.hourly ...
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run a script and return system to suspended or running mode

Somehow I cannot find how to do this common task. I want to run a (backup) script daily at certain time regardless whether the system is running or suspended and return to the previous state ...
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incron tab won't fire

I'm trying to get incrontab running, but it won't work. This is the error I get: access denied on ~/propt/apo/feeds - events will be discarded silently and this is the line in incrontab I want to ...
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How to end a cron started script?

I start a script via cron which works fine. But when i then try to end that script via cron (either killall / pkill / pgrep does work) nothing happens. If i let cron try to kill it or try it my own ...
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How to stop cron from sending email when there is nothing in STDOUT or STDERR?

Ubuntu 14.04lts with Perl 5.18.2. This is a special case where Google did not help me. I do not want to turn off email for all cron jobs, I have about 15 jobs in my crontab. I need to see the ...
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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 to configure cron

I´m very confused trying configuring cron. I have a file named "crontab" in "/etc/crontab" which I edited to show (I want a daily task at 2:00 AM) As it claims is the "system wide crontab" # ...
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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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CRON @reboot vncserver?

Is there any reason per-user cronjobs running vncserver @reboot wouldn't run? When I reboot the machine and look into /var/log/syslog, I see the jobs being run, then cron saying (CRON) info (No MTA ...
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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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Cron : How to delete directory via cron

I have allready installed cron and here it is 1 0 * * * rm -R /path/to/my/folder/$(date +'%Y-%m-%d' -d "yesterday") I want to delete every day folder with "Yesterday name" LIKE "2014-12-14" ...
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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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Crontab wont run this script!

I am trying to run this script as a cron job to enable a weekly back up of my mediawiki site. Running on Ubuntu server 14.04. It simply will not run. The scipt is running from the root folder of the ...
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reprepro - Is there any chance to enter the passphrase via bash-script?

I use "reprepro" for getting the latest Debian packages out of my local repository, which works fine manually. Now I need to automate this process through a cron job but the reprepro passphrase is a ...
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At what time does cron execute daily scripts?

If I place a shell script in /etc/cron.daily/, at what time of the day will it be executed?
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munin send mail about permission denied to munin-update.log

I have install munin, but CRON send me mail about an error: Can't open /var/log/munin/munin-update.log (Permission denied) at /usr/share/perl5/Log/Log4perl/Appender/File.pm line 103. but the ...
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Crontab weird extensin error Unable to load dynamic library '/usr/lib/php5/20121212/peacjson.so'

I am wanting to find out how I might get to the bottom of a repetitive error that is being e-mailed to me every 9 and 39 minutes past the hour: PHP Warning: PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic ...
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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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crontab not running simple job

i have a very simple command in cron that should reboot my system everyday. I modified crontab in root with the following: sudo crontab -e I then added one line to the end of the crontab: 0 1 * * ...
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Backup database with mysqldump

Hello i use mysqldump with crontab for save my database each hour but after one day i have 24 files What is solution for auto delete if more 5 files ? And what is chmod for folder backup for security ...
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Shellscript creating directories in wrong direcroy when running from crontab

I have written the following code which will create directories with name format "nowt_hour_minute_second". In that directory another text file will be created with the directory creation time. Now I ...
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Cron jobs are disabled on clean installation of 14.04

I have a clean installation of Ubuntu 14.04 and in my /etc/cron.daily/ I see *.disabled files: -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 15481 Apr 10 09:04 apt.disabled -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 314 Feb 17 2014 ...
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Launch url to start a script like a cronjob?

I have a website on mutualised hosting (server A). I need to run every minutes a script, I just need to go to http//www.mysiteserverA.com/run.php I searsch a solution automaticly run this script every ...
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rsync never terminates and makes Tb size snapshot directories

I have a cron job that runs rsync every day to download data from a server. It was working fine until the space allocated for me in the server was changed (probably increased). It happened as I was a ...
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What schedules logrotate?

I'm working on the program which creates a big log file. I want to handle it with logrotate. This is a configuration I put to /etc/logrotate.d/: /var/log/myproject.log { hourly maxsize 1 rotate ...
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Crontab error “No crontab for root”

when I write crontab -e command in terminal, I get this error message: no crontab for root - using an empty one 888 I don't know what '888' is meaning? Config file of crontab /etc/crontab: # ...
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Root crontab not running

For some reason, my root cron tab does not seem to be running. Trying to reboot device every night at midnight. Should be the following as root: crontab -e Then add: 0 0 * * * /sbin/shutdown -r ...
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Run cron job to execute a script when a particular file is updated

I would like to automate a process which requires running a script to generate some files. To do this I thought that adding a cron job to run this script would be great. But I want cron to run the ...
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Changing default crontab editor

I am trying to change the default editor from nano to vim. I have run the following commands: sudo update-alternatives --config editor and update-alternatives --config editor Both now output: ...