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

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BASH - merge directories when using mv

I just started using BASH, so I can move all contents of a directory to another. But the issue is, I was expecting it to merge the directories. I am using cron job to run this script. #!/bin/bash ...
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How to make cron perform task every hour during business hours?

I'm trying to make a script run twice every hour during business hours on weekdays, and i have the following in my cron setup: # m h dom mon dow command 8,48 8-17 * ...
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how to run cron jobs on GMT not local time?

How can I make cron jobs run on GMT, not local time? this is my crontab file: #m h d m wday command TZ=GMT 5 0,6,12,18 * * * ~/Documents/bash/transfer.sh my jobs seem ...
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Starting script in screen with cron

I apologise if this has been asked before but I am not sure how to question a search query for this. I am extremely new to linux and I have been learning as I go to solve issues. I am trying to set ...
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Why doesn't my cron.d per minute job run?

I have thrown a bunch of darts trying to get a python script of mine to execute every minute. So I thought I'd simplify it to just do the "simplest thing that could could possibly work" once per ...
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How to auto commit to my git repository using cron?

I look into a lot of answers about this subject, but something is wrong here, let me explain. I create this script, to make my cron cleaner :) #!/bin/bash cd ...
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Skip syslog/rsyslog logging of certain cron jobs [migrated]

In most GNU/Linux distributions the default is to log start (and many different events) of every cron job to syslog. It's rather convenient, but not for a very frequent jobs, which started, say, every ...
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Database backup bash working via ssh but not in cronjob

I've put together a script to backup my database on a shared host. The script is as follows: mysqldump --databases [db1] [db2] | openssl aes-256-cbc -a -salt -pass ...
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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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Cron job for moving directories older than 24 hours

Well, what I want to do is The cron should run every hour or so It should move the directories in a folder /disk1/data/ older than 24 hours to /disk2/data/ The directories moved should contain all ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Two parts: linux startup script to connect to bluetooth and cron to keep it connected

I have a mini bluetooth keyboard and a Raspberry Pi running a Debian-based distro. I know the MAC address of the keyboard but for this question, let's just use AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF. Right now I have to ...
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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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Crontab command set not working

I'm trying to set up crontab to run a shell script, but for some reason, the script doesn't get executed. I'm on system with OS X 10.8.5. crontab file 0 12 * * 1 /absolute/path/to/myscript.sh 0 15 * ...
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Error adding cronjobs in Mac OS X Lion

Until now, I have never attempted adding a crontask on my Mac. To my surprise, it threw an error.. [hayek@mac:/www/] 02:33:22 PM: crontab -e ...
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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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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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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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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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Log of cron actions on OS X

Does the cron which comes with OS X log its actions anywhere? I'm not looking for output of any particular cron job, but rather log of what cron is doing. On a couple linux machines I've checked, ...
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Debian Linux cron stubbornly refuses to run at right time

I have a Debian Linux server, recent install. It has this cron job: 7 1 * * * /do/something/important.sh As I read that, it should run at 1:07am. Instead, it runs at 5:07pm. So, wrong ...
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How can I view results of my cron jobs?

I see so many guides on how to run crontab, but what I need right now is to learn how to Find log files about cron jobs Configure what gets logged
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How do I run a launchd command as root

I have the following launchctl command as a .plist file. It's loaded and set to run once a day but, it needs to run as root and I'm not sure how to verify this. Also, this cron job basically CDs ...
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How do you use the run-parts command?

For some reason my crontab is not running the hourly/weekly/etc scripts. It seems to be that run-parts is not working and I cant get it to work on my local machine as well. Is there a mistake in the ...
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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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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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Delete all files older than X days

So I have a cron setup to make backups of a folder into a tarball every hour. I would like to add into the shell script that I'm using the ability to have files deleted automagically after about three ...
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How can I add a timestamp to the end of a cron job's output file name?

I want to track each crontab output to separated file. Normally, I use this as crontab entry: 1 * * * * root php /mix/dostuff.php > /tmp/dostuff.txt Now, I want to make it to write ...
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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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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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cron job when Ubuntu is suspended

I am using Ubuntu precise. Is there a way to have scheduled cron jobs run even when Ubuntu is suspended? Perhaps some way to automatically wake up the system so a scheduled cron job can proceed and ...
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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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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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Run a cron job on the first Monday of every month?

I'd like to run a job from cron at 8.30 on the first Monday of every month. The cron Wikipedia page says While normally the job is executed when the time/date specification fields all match ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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rsync cron job with a password?

I want to set up an rsync command as a cron job, so I need to find a way to supply my server password automatically to rsync. Currently I have a shell script that looks like this: #!/bin/sh rsync ...
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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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Multiple crontabs for one user

is there a way to use multiple crontab files for one user? Thinking something along the lines of crontab file per project instead of crontab per user... Any help is appreciated...
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Shell script of mysqldump works fine when run manually, but does not run in the cron job?

I have a shell script to get a MySQL database dump. This script works fine when run manually #!/bin/sh fqn=/home/Mysqluser/daily_dumps/bookstore_`date +%Y%m%d_%H%M%S`.sql.gz mysqldump -u root -h ...