cron is a task scheduler based on clock time that runs on Linux-based machines.

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Is there any reason this cronjob would fail in cron, but not on the command line?

I have written a little one liner that will email me when a list of files changes - I used sha512 to generate a list of hashes and then periodically check that those hashes still match. */5 * * ...
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How to find out the reason why a scheduled task hang?

I have scheduled quite a number of tasks in my Windows 7, doing a variety of cron jobs on my machines. I am perfectly sure that these tasks, when run on their own, won't hang. But the problem is ...
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How to run browser in background in Ubuntu

I am using Ubuntu 14.04, and PHP. I have 2 files: test.html - content java to test network update.php - the test file will post result to update database. I need to run and execute an URL address ...
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btrfs won't run from cron

I'm trying to set up a cron job to create a btrfs subvolume snapshot of my root partition. The command works perfectly if I run it from the command line, but nothing happens at the scheduled cron ...
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DD-WRT Additional Cron Jobs aren't running

I have installed DD-WRT (v24-sp2 (06/23/14) std - build 24461) on a TP-Link TL-WR841ND v9 and I'm trying to add a CRON job to update my Unlocator IP configuration as described here: How to set up a ...
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crontab is not working

I am using Linux Fedora. I want to create a crontab with SCP command, but it's not working. [shiv@db2 ~]$ crontab -l #this is server to server copy... */2 * * * * date >> ~/$ scp ...
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crond regularly maxes out CPU

I'm running Arch Linux ARM and I've having a few issues with crond. I have a conky that displays the top 5 processes (in terms of CPU usage) and every few minutes, crond will appear at the top of the ...
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How to use “date” to print tomorrow's day of the week

On CentOS 6 Linux I use date +%a in several cronjobs and scripts to generate logfile names like myprog-Tue.txt and this works well for me since many years. But now for one program I need to delete ...
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Is there a way to tell cron to trigger a particular cron job right now?

The cron job for updatedb didn't run because the system was powered off at the time. I'd like to tell cron to run that job now, as if now were the schedule time. Is there a way to do that? For this ...
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cron unavailable, how should I run old jobs?

My hosting company requires cron jobs to be entered one-at-a-time thought thier web interface rather than the command line. I've got about 70 jobs to transfer over from another host. Is it ...
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cron table mailx caused empty content

I'm using centos 7.0/6.5. The content of /etc/cron.hourly/mail.cron #!/bin/sh log=/var/log/mail.cron.log echo "`hostname` `date`" >> $log 2>&1 mailx -s "test mail" me@example.com < ...
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Disappearing Crontab, Odd Files

I have a number of Debian-based systems running on an ARM-based SBC connected to a network and they've been running for years. All of a sudden, when I log onto several devices, the cron file is ...
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How can I queue a script to run the next time a system is up and connected to the internet?

I'm using mailsend (on a Mac) to send mail from the command line. I'd like to set this up such that I can execute a send command, but if my system is disconnected from the internet, that command is ...
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Performance loss when having too many files in /etc/cron.d?

Is there an amount of files in /etc/cron.d that would lead to worse performance? There are currently about 50 jobs in. In the future there can be up to 200 files in. Am I correct to expect the cron ...
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Is it better to use the systemd service unit's Restart & RestartSec, or use a systemd timer unit?

I have a couple of in-house automated scripts running at periodic intervals. One is every five minutes, the other is every minute. They don't really need to be ran on-the-dot; e.g. I don't care if ...
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mysql backup verification

Im not a dabase admin or advanced database user or advanced linux user.. but I would like to know how to verify mysql dumps because I am backing up my own sites manually. Normally when backing up lot ...
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Ubuntu Cron ec2-create-snapshot

I have a new ec2 Ubuntu instance running. I have properly set up the ec2-api tools. I want to create a daily backup using the ec2-create-snapshot command. Just to test it, I have my script, which is ...
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How can I run a cron job from PM to AM? [duplicate]

I want to execute a script once an hour from 20:00 to 08:00. Would the following work? 0 20-8 * * * location_of_script_to_run I'm currently using the following: 0 20,21,22,23,0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 * * ...
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How to run an script using cron in Windows 7 using cygwin?

I have installed all the dependencies in cron. My scripts are working properly, and also I have tested cron which I think works properly as well. However, I would like to set up a task to run a script ...
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How to parallelize crontab executions to increase user base for web app based on mongodb and mysql?

I have a symfony based web application that runs on mongodb and mysql backend. The principle of the application is that for each user there is a python script that runs 4-12 times a day on cronjobs ...
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cron job monitoring script

greeting of the day!!! please help me a situation, i am trying to develop a script which provides me details which my cron job is commented or stopped which job is running or scheduled. like we ...
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Trying to find dbus session, doesent work

Trying to use notify-send with cron, it needs dbus, what im i doing wrong? var= $(set | grep '^DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=') export DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=$var #!/bin/sh { ...
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Make a script identify DBUS session address and use it

I'm using cron with notify-send to display some notifications, but it requires DBUS session to run Here is the script: export DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=[session] #!/bin/sh { DISPLAY=:0 ...
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How can I get a script to run constantly on Mac OS X?

I would like to do this: When the application VLC is open and I press the space bar, it pauses the video and an itunes starts to play. Then spacebar again would resume the workout video and pause my ...
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Set cron's maximum run counter

How do I setup cron to run only for a specific number of times? Let's say I want to setup cron so that it runs hourly, but when the scheduler has already run five times, I want to stop cron. How do I ...
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WGET/cron downloading webcamera file

our new town doctor put a web camera to his waiting room for people to see how much crowded it is. As my mom and grandparents go to this doctor, I wanted to download the files periodically and if they ...
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Permission Denied in Crontab

I've searched half a day for the answer to this, with no luck. Any assistance will be appreciated. I have a PHP script that modifies the crontab, loads a new cron job, removes some etc. The script ...
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Cron error “missing url”

Hope this is the correct place to post this. I am setting up a cron job to refresh a twitter feed. I want to overwrite the file each time the cron job executes. My current command is: /usr/bin/wget ...
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Simple script run via cronjob doesn't work but works from shell

I am on shared hosting and I'm trying to schedule cronjob to run every now and then. Via cPanel I scheduled to execute my script but even though that according to my host support the cronjob runs, the ...
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What is the risk when editing crontab file without the “crontab -e” command?

I developed a script in which I add lines to the crontab file with echo command and I remove lines with sed command. I do not know the risk of that especially that I find in some web site that we ...
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Warning: the connection is closed, while running cron job

I have found on the Internet simple script to download wallpaper from bing and set it. #!/bin/bash # export DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS environment variable useful when the script is set as a cron job ...
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Run cron task at specified day of week but at any time

I ran into trouble with cron. I need to run task on my desktop but the thing is I can't guarantee that my computer will be turned on in specified time. For example I need to execute task weakly If ...
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Script not running as cronjob

I got a script which runs in a cronjob as root. The problem is that the addgroup command would output "Command not found" when it gets executed by the script. #!/usr/bin/perl $datei = `ls ...
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Check shell Script copy Status

I have a cron script and i need to adjust it; Actually some clients are generating in a directory some files, my task is to backup that files to a tape, and i need to make a if then else cp $files ...
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Have cron parse SSH config file for server addresses and options

How does one configure cron to parse ~/.ssh/config to get the IP addresses and other options (such as IdentityFile) for SSH? Obviously adding source /home/user/.ssh/config does not help. I do not ...
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Back up (save) the same file at periodic intervals

I am saving a stream in my HDD. I'd like to copy the file periodically into a subfolder backup such that the older versions of the the file are not deleted. Simply put Assume the original file is ...
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How to Schedule Tasks according to several Timezones

I need to use Windows Scheduler or any other app for setting jobs at a concrete time depending on destination country. That means scheduling a job at 7 am (UK Timezone), another at 7 am (US ...
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How to run a launchd task every weekend once?

I am trying to run a ruby program as a cron. I have figured out how to run the ruby program from a launchd The problem is that I don't know how to say "Run the job once every Sunday". Below is my ...
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Shell script not running with cronjob

I am using PUTTY to reach the server. I can dump the databases with the following command: /usr/bin/mysqldump --all-databases | /bin/gzip > Backup_DB/alldatabases_test.sql.gz When I am running ...
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Tracking down edits to my /etc/hosts file

Every hour at :49, my hosts file is being replaced with the following: # Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp. # # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows. # # This file ...
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Cronjob immediately shuts down mac after boot

I was messing around with cronjob trying to get it to forcibly shut down at a certain time everyday, but now I can't keep my computer on. It boots, loads whatever needs to load on startup, then ...
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Automated apt-get upgrade quits midway

I set root's cron to automatically run apt-get upgrade. Easy enough. Here's the specific line: @daily (apt-get update && apt-get -y upgrade) 2>&1 > /var/log/tmp.log However, I've ...
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User-friendly wrapper or replacement for `at` command under OS X

I often want my computer to automatically add something to my to-do list at some point in the future. In some cases I want to add the same thing at regular intervals. In these cases I use OS X's ...
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Shell script truncated when run from cron or at

I'm seeing some very strange behavior on a Linux based NAS (DNS-323) I have. I'm using a simple shell script to back up the files on the NAS to another box. After making some recent additions, the ...
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Can postfix forward all outbound email to a relayhost except for local user-to-user email?

On my home Ubuntu box, postfix is configured to relay all outgoing email to outgoing.verizon.net. Unfortunately this includes local user-to-user email (e.g., from local cron jobs to me, or from me to ...
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Use of crontab, kill and trap

I'm learning crontab command, and I'm doing some tries. I edited the default crontab file with the command crontab -e, and I want to put a line that every minute send a SIGUSR1 to the current shell ...
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Editing IPTABLES nat rule in cron job

I am sitting here with an issue: I need to switch the source interface for iptables' NAT rule at a given time. I want to basically do soemthing like this - caution: concept code: #!/bin/bash if [ it ...
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Who starts updatedb process and why it uses 700+% CPU?

I have a VPS running CentOS, and recently its CPU usage goes over 700% for two times already. It always turns out to be a process named "updatedb" (as show in the figure below). After a quick ...
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How to update CRL automatically?

I have the following issue: I have a self-signed CA (certificate authority) mainly for persoanl use (mail encryption and signing, ...). I created several ceertificates and the CRLs (which are empty ...
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Copying file to AWS S3 from a cronjob

This is a script I've put in my /etc/cron.daily on a Ubuntu Server box: #!/bin/sh /bin/echo "Running upload-logs at $(/bin/date) as $(/usr/bin/whoami)" >> /tmp/upload-logs.log /usr/bin/find ...