I am running a dedicated Minecraft server, and I want it to restart every night at midnight. I'm running it in a screen session so I can easily access it. However, if I just run screen -X -S server quit, it does not save the world. I will use cron to restart it every night.


Seems to make sense to backup the world before shutting down the screen session.

I would think this would help: http://www.scaine.net/site/2013/08/backing-up-your-minecraft-server-in-ubuntu%EF%BB%BF%EF%BB%BF/

or this: https://forum.feed-the-beast.com/threads/minecraft-custom-linux-backups-using-crontab-and-screen.45575/

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  • Please take a few minutes to read this post. – David Oct 23 '19 at 1:26
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    Point taken, I was just trying to be helpful. Thanks! – Fuzzie Vohs Oct 23 '19 at 16:25
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    I completely understand - and to an extent, the links are helpful, but if they ever go down... Thank you for your contribution :) – David Oct 23 '19 at 17:48

Filing this under "Who Knew?" on Stack Exchange we have a sister-site called Arcade where your question has an answer:

On our sister-site Unix & Linux there is this answer:

This will probably suit your needs better.

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