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

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Running cron on Cygwin to call notifu

I have installed Cygwin with cygrunsrv and Cron so I could use the benefits of using Linux-style scheduling in Windows. I want to call notifu from a cron job. I Installed cron as a service using the ...
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Setting up a watchfolder

I want to make a folder that I can put any video file into and have ffmpeg catch it and spit it out as an mp4 and remove the non-mp4 file. I have the following: for f in *.*; do ffmpeg -i input ...
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Many cron -f processes on unresponsive server

My Debian server had again become unresponsive and needed to be restartet (SSH login impossible, no longer transmitted log data to another server's MySQL Database, no new FTP connections possible, but ...
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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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Set the from address on emails from cron/Set default from address for sendmail

As a normal user I can send email, either from the commandline or from PHP. But when a cron job has error output, sending of that email fails (I have a MAILTO=me@example.com at the top of the ...
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Why doesn't cronjob execute feh command

I build a cronjob to download a new picture from a source every ten minutes and set it as wallpaper using feh. The file is downloaded but the wallpaper doesn't change. Where is the problem? crontab -e ...
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Output redirection of cron jobs to an external file

I have been trying to redirect the output of a cron job to an external file but to no avail. I am using CentOS 7 headless. I created a small script to execute two commands. The script in itself ...
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cronjob + upstart for a node.js script

I can start my node.js script as a process like so: start demo because in /etc/init/demo.conf i have: respawn respawn limit unlimited exec node /home/engine/private_js/demo.js >> ...
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Stop automatic comments in my crontab

I have added the bellow cron jobs in my crontab : 0 5 * * * /bin/systemctl restart gb_subagent.service 28 13 * * * /home/comment.sh &>/tmp/errorcron.log 29 13 * * * bash ...
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which mail program will be used in crontab?

Platform: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS User: root Desc: If there is any output to stdout/stderr in execution, crontab will collect them and mail to correspond owner. In my case, it is 'root'. When I look at ...
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Sample cron job run but gave errors

I have sample script that backup my site. www folder and database. When is running It's get this error tar: unrecognized option `--transform' Try `tar --help' or `tar --usage' for more information. ...
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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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Cron deamon written in shell

I'm looking for a script in bash or ksh, that would do ... more or less ... the same as crond. The situation is, that our system administrator suddenly denied the use of crontab to all regular users ...
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Ncat throws errors while being run from crontab

I have a simple script set up on my OpenWrt box to check if one of the computers in a local network is streaming, and if it does, the script starts wget | madplay to play the stream. Script works ...
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Enabling crontab logging on openSUSE

I am trying to enable the crontab log on openSUSE 11.3. I searched the web but couldn't find how to do it. I only find information about Ubuntu. Tried editing the /etc/rsyslog.d/remote.conf file but I ...
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script executing perfectly in terminal but not in cron

I setup a script for to take an mysql db backup everyday on a specific time, so now the cron is running perfectly it executing the script without problem but the problem is db backup file is not ...
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Inconsistencies with SCP for Ubuntu and Windows Server 2003 (using CygWin 1.7.x.x)

Some days ago I was able to scp to the remote server from my windows server 2003 using cygwin to copy the id_rsa, using scp (id_rsa.pub location) user@example.com now it(scp) seems to be not working. ...
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Why does cron task run twice?

I have a task that should run each day in Ubuntu10.04. So I use crontab and copy the scripts of the task to the directory /etc/cron.daily. Here is the my crontab: # /etc/crontab: system-wide crontab ...
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What happens if cron.daily is not terminating

Today I had to realize that some cron jobs werent run on my server! In the log files I find this: Mar 13 03:30:01 osp-server anacron[7261]: Anacron 2.3 started on 2012-03-13 Mar 13 03:30:01 ...
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query a URL every H hours for changes in the results?

How can I query a specific URL (mostly html and js) every H hours for changes in html content, which is mostly an html table with some header, and have the results fed to an RSS? This URL in question ...
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script -e and crontab or at

I have a shellscript I want to run via at and use script to capture a transcript. script -e was introduced in util-linux-ng 2.18 and returns the retval of the child process. I want to capture the ...
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How do I catch and log all attempts to write to /dev/null?

Essentially I'm trying to catch output any scripts that are currently running and silencing their output. So the question is fairly simple, how do I log any attempts to write to /dev/null?
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Ensuring Cron Jobs are called from within the Server

Here is the information about my development environment: Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard 64-bit Operating System, x64-based processor Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013 .NET Framework 4.0 ...
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Loading kerberos keytab from root cron

When I run a script (see below) to load a kerberos keytab from a users cron it works just fine. Running it from root cron however a password is asked for the keytab and it aborts with: kinit: Generic ...
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How can logrotate execution result in “service: not found”?

I am trying to understand the output of my logrotate script execution: error: error running shared postrotate script for '/var/log/nginx/*.log ' logrotate_script: 2: logrotate_script: service: not ...
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I want to run a script that will disable my touchpad

I want run a script that will disable my touchpad and it will run every minute. 1. My script is: if [ `lsusb | wc -w` == '76' ] then `/usr/bin/xinput set-prop 16 "Device Enabled" 0` else ...
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How can I give time restricted access to certain Jenkins builds?

I have a Jenkins cluster for automated builds. I would like to let our developers run some builds to one of our UAT environments. However, builds from the developers should only happen when I'm ...
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Cron does not start: '/var/spool/cron' is not a directory, bailing out

I have an LXC container (The LXC host is Debian 8.1, and the container is Debian 4.0) running mysqld, sshd and a few other things. However, cron does not come up. $ /etc/init.d/cron start Starting ...
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Configure Cron log to show job number

I have several PHP cron jobs. Occasionally these jobs abort, logging with the appropriate process id etc. However the job number isn't included in the abort log message. Is there a way to configure ...
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How to determine what is updating my freedns/dyndns record with my current IP (on OS X Yosemite)?

Somehow, a while ago, I set a way to automatically update my DynamicDNS record on http://freedns.afraid.org/ with my Mac IP address. I don't remember how I set this or where should I look to disable ...
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High load after killing processes

My Linux home server (a RPi 2 with Raspbian) had a script running every 5 minutes from a cron job (an old rpi2pachube.sh). It usually runs a Transmission daemon. I just discovered that that script ...
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Red Hat Linux Cron Daemon Time Error

I have a legacy system that is running Red Hat Linux 5.4 and the cron daemon will not start. It stopped suddenly, I verified the CMOS time and the system time are correct. I've tried resyncing with ...
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Troubleshooting CRONIC/CRON causing 'No such file' Error

I've got a couple of Cron jobs setup that I have piped through Cronic so that I only get emailed if there is an error. Whenever I run the command in a terminal without Cronic the command executes ...
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etherwake fails to run when ran by cron

I have a cron job to check if a client is connected to my VPN and then wake up some other computers on my network using etherwake. I have the script running every minute and it is actually running ...
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Synology jailkit debian cron debootstrap

I have a Synology NAS. For advanced using of my server, I installed a debian with chroot-jailkit and debootstrap. I follow those instructions (in french sorry) This is working really fine. I have ...
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aptitude safe-upgrade: apache2_invoke : already enabled messages

On my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server I run unattended upgrades using that script in /etc/cron.daily: #! /bin/sh PATH=/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin export DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive date >> ...
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Using ulimit with cron jobs

I'm having a hard time understanding how to use ulimit to manage process resource allocation. It looks like you use ulimit to limit a user's resources, but how do you use it on a specific process? In ...
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Unable to run script, which emails me results, as super user. (returns: send-mail: 550 5.1.0 Not our Customer)

I have been trying to debug this for 2 days now, without success. This is the script I'm trying to run: #!/bin/bash emailaddress='my_username@gmail.com' output=`sudo rsync -av --delete ...
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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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Not able to open crontab -l

I am running crontab -l to view the crons on a RHEL server(v5.10) and getting the below error: crontab: error while loading shared libraries: libaudit.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such ...
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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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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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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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Rsync delete issue

I implemented rsync to backup the data from the server to my local machine,and done it regularly by cron. It works fine but yesterday it deletes the files from the folders on my local machine but on ...
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How do I launch an hourly version of anacron?

I have a cron job (system update) that fires off every hour. However, I would like it to be reset every time the machine resumes from standby or hibernation. The command is already launched at each ...
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How do you commit changes to an XML file to source control when they are changed by the users of a web app?

An admin web app (closed-source, 3rd party) that we use generates XML files into the Linux server where it is running. These XML files contain application settings for a production application. Only ...
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Cron job not working due to wget error

I'm setting up a CRON job on my MediaTemple DV4 to generate a sitemap. To test I ran the command via the command line: wget ...
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This weird behaviour from cronjob

I have set the crontab like this: */5 0 * * * /www/permitChat.sh and the /www/permitChat.sh is this: # We are setting the name of file # in the variable along with complete path. sFilePath=`date ...
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Will my weekly cron job work?

I'm just getting back into bash scripting and I want my cron job to run every 15 minutes between 9.15 and 10 PM. I've checked the script works, but I don't know if it's the right command: ...
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How to set cron HOME environment variable?

I am using esmtp to send email as an output of cron job. The SMTP server and credentials configuration are stored under my $HOME/.esmtprc. However it looks like the $HOME env variable is set to '/', ...