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

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cron expression for every hour starting from specific time

Every one hour (starting from "now") I am able to schedule using this cron expression (expression) using nodejs cron-job. But I need to set cron every one hour starting from a specific time. For ...
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Using anacron in cronie on Gentoo - Doesn't run?

This is the system crontab on a Gentoo system with cronie installed, with the anacron use flag enabled: 59 * * * * root [ ! -x /etc/cron.hourly/0anacron ] && rm -f /var/spool/cron/...
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Running executable from Crontab

I have a file called Exim_queue_size in the root directory. It contains one line: exim -bpc | mail -s'Exim_queue_size' bert@example.com It has had its permissions set with chmod +x , and is thus ...
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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 >> /home/...
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Infinite loop of cron jobs with intermediate output from each job

I have a program that outputs stuff to standard output. I am using cron to schedule it which is fine because I am collecting the stuff that it prints outs via email and do some statistical work on ...
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cron jobs are stopped running

I have cron job that run every 5 minutes in my red hat machine. 2,17,32,47 * * * * root /usr/sbin/logrotate -s /var/opt/swms/log/logrotate.status /opt/swms/etc/logrotate.d/syslog After running for ...
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cron job to run for last few days of month (possibly into next)

I'm trying to setup a cron job that will run from the 29th, for 4 days each quarter (Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct). I've setup the following… */10 6-17 29-31 1,4,7,10 1-5 php script.php */10 6-17 1 5 1-5 php ...
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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 /home/...
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Remove orphaned data without corresponding torrents in the rtorrent's list

I use rtorrent with a plenty of frontends like ruTorrent and Transdroid. Often, when I try to delete both the torrent and data through these frontends, the torrent is removed from the list but the ...
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Accidentally deleted all files older than 7 days

A bad written skript located in /etc/cron.daily erroneously executed find * -mtime +7 -exec rm -r {} \; as root user. As a result of this I can no longer login. Beside that the system seems to run ...
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my cron job was running properly but suddenly it stopped executing and I get entry in cron log file as (CRON) Bad Minute. Please help me out

Here's my cron job 00 02 * * * /usr/bin/wget -q http://alaska/samuel/batch/JOB_daily_attendance.php Here's log entry in cron log file crond[26113]: (CRON) bad minute (/var/spool/cron/roots)
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Cronjob: Iterate through files

I want to iterate through a list of bash scripts with a cron-job. I.e. every two hours I want to start another bash script. My idea was to set a new environment variable, each time the cronjob script ...
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cronjob not executing python script - tried strace

I'm having trouble making a python script run via cronjob. I can run the python script (it's supposed to connect to a database, pull a few records, save that to a csv, then email it) manually just ...
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Setting a CRON to be run on every 1st and the 3rd Monday

I need to set up a CRON job to be scheduled in every 1st and the 3rd Monday of every Month. I'm using the Plesk control panel for setting these as follows. Currently CRON runs successfully, ...
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automatically start netcat on localhost and remote-host and keep it active

I found this answer by @jeremytrimble on Stack Overflow which explains how you can read a FIFO file over network. I wonder if it’s possible to start these netcat commands automatically, e.g. in a ...
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Running a script if X server haven't been receiving any input for some time

I want to run a certain script when I'm not around my machine so it would run automatically but it would not bother me when I'm working. I created the bash script and queued it with cron, but it doesn'...
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GUI applications in anacron

I'm trying to run a bunch of scripts/commands every day. For this purpose I've configured a user-space anacron as explained here. Anacron is started hourly by cron: contents of /var/spool/cron/...
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Programs for contolling the execution of bash scripts [closed]

Can anyone recommend a GUI based program to control the execution of bash scripts according to time/interval? I'm already familiar with both cron and at and looking for recommended alternatives. A ...
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logrotate in SUSE Enterprise Server

I can't manage to work this dummy config file (I placed it in etc/logrotate.d): /var/log/test_log/mylogfile { copytruncate dateext rotate 3 compress missingok size=+2 } I write to the log (echo "...
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Why doesn't my script run via crontab?

I have this teamspeak server that has a bad habit of crashing sometimes. Therefore I would like to run a script every 5 minute so the server can restart even if I'm not home. I got this script, and it'...
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How to use variables in variables in crontab

I'm trying to use variables in variables in crontab: AUTH=user:password BASE_URL=http://... COMMAND_OLDB=curl -u $AUTH $BASE_URL/openligadb >> /var/log/cron.openligadb.log But just getting a ...
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How to set up flask server startup?

I have a web-server that is based on flask+tornado combination. It works inside of a virtual environment (set up with python virtualenv). I want the server to launch automatically on start up, from a ...
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How to set an offset for cron jobs?

I have seven scripts to launch that take quite long to process, so for my first idea, I wrote my crontab like this: 0 */3 0 0 0 /home/personal/my-script-1 0 */3 0 0 0 /home/personal/my-script-2 0 */3 ...
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Why does root cron job script need 'sudo' to run properly?

I'm running this simple script on my Raspberry Pi to auto update so I can forget about it. It also keeps a log that says whether the update was successful. The script is update.sh: #!/bin/bash echo "...
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Incron Job is not being executed

I am using incron to monitor one of my file in /var/www/html directory. output of incrontab -l /var/www/html/test IN_ACCESS /home/intel/test.sh This job is supposed to create a file in home ...
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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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How can I make cron to email report audit only if there is something to report?

I setup daily cron job checking if files have changed previous day, since those files are not suppose to changed i'm getting empty report, how can i change it to send email prevent this. this is my ...
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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 /media/sync/1/...
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Regex for cron pattern not working

Tried to create a (simplified) regex for cron patterns for myself and came up with the following one: ^(((\d+(,\d+)*)|(\d+-\d+)|(\*(\/\d+)?))(\s+(\d+(,\d+)*)|(\d+-\d+)|(\*(\/\d+)?)){4})$ This is ...
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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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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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Cron Job not running in Ubuntu 12.04

I created a cron job in my console in Ubuntu 12.04) by using crontab -e: 10 09 * * * /home/ram-pc/Desktop/bala/personal/dump.sh But it is not running. When I save it is installed correctly without ...
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Logrotate not rotating on file size

According to the man page "Normally, logrotate is run as a daily cron job. It will not modify a log multiple times in one day unless the criterium for that log is based on the log’s size". So, ...
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Install cron from console

Is there any way to do the crontab -e, save and exit from vim from the console directly? I realised that in order to make cron work with Docker, I should do crontab -e and save and exit, that is the ...
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Behavior of rsync with file that's still being written?

If Apache is in the middle of writing a large file and an rsync cron job runs on that file, does rsync attempt to copy the file? Example Apache-1: Has file large being written to /var/www. Apache-2:...
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Cron won't run my root script

I am on Ubuntu 14.04 (using Digital Ocean) trying run a script as root. It's a script to check if a server is running and restart if it has crashed. The issue isn't the script, but crontab won't run ...
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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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Where is the default directory of saved files using wget in crontab?

I want to download some files using wget command in crontab. I use a text file to make a list of my desired urls. wget's -O parameter works well for setting a destination folder for single files, but ...
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cronjob not uploading to FTP

i have a php script that should take a file from one web server and upload it on another, when i run the script through a browser it works fine. when i use this cronjob it doesn't upload. 51 14 * * * ...
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install crontab every 10 minutes

I'm following the tutorial here on how to install a crontab every 10 minutes, but I'm running into an issue. My Cron is */10 * * * * /app/qa/dashboard/ec2/autoscaling-onesearch/manage check But I'...
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Restarting process in CentOS if server restarts

I have a VPS with some Java applications (made with "Play Framework") running on ports 9000, 9001, 9002 and 9003. VPS Provider (iPage) happens to reboot servers unexpectedly from time to time, leaving ...
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Cronjob etiquette?

I am a student at a relatively small university. I wrote a script that sends me an email when a math newsletter comes out, so I can get a head-start on the problem of the week. I plan to run it as a ...
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Write PID To File On Bash Execution

I'm executing a bash script via cron. I want to write the process id (PID) of the script to a /tmp/ file for reference, in case I need to kill it later on (this script can take 6 - 10 hours to ...
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Strange timing behaviour

I need to run a CRON each 5 minutes for a specific user example.com, the script executed is a php file. File : /var/spool/cron/crontabs/example.com /5 * * * * /usr/bin/php -f /home/example.com/...
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Double pipe “||” not working in cron jobs

fellow SUers, I am trying to run a watchdog cron job to make sure a process is running (DreamHost keeps killing processes). I was inspired by this SU question. However, the double pipe || seems not ...
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Can't create incron job

I am trying to create incron job, but no success. When I type: incrontab -l I got: no table for vujke and when I type: incrontab -e I got: editor finished with error: No such file or ...
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Cron jobs on IBM i 7.1

I just found out today that on an IBM i system I am able to use SSH to get to a Unix-like terminal (AIX/PASE) and would like to use this to schedule automated tasks using crontab. Does anyone know if ...
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How to get crontab to run when backup requires a password

I am running a script to backup my postgres database on Debian. I am basically running exactly this: https://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/Automated_Backup_on_Linux Now I have everything working fine when ...
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Synchronized script execution across multiple servers

I'm looking to run an automated task (a shell script) on multiple Ubuntu servers at the same time with as much timing accuracy as possible. Ideally, I'd like the time discrepancy between the start of ...
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cron jobs set for different times, but execute at the same time

I have a file which I loaded into crontab with the following jobs, and crontab -l reports the following: # runs daily at 2:00 am and 2:05 am 30 12 * * * /usr/bin/wget -q -O temp.txt http://<host-...