Crontab is a short form of cron table. It is a configuration file that specifies shell commands to run periodically on a given schedule.

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Check for screen using crontab

Currently, I'm using Debian with the following cronjob for screen at reboot: @reboot screen -dmS app1 /home/app1 @reboot screen -dmS app2 /home/app2 The problem is, that sometimes the application ...
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Crontab: issue launching Node server on restart

Situation Hi, i have a situation where i need to launch a node.js server after OS X reboot. I run node.js with nodemon, which keeps it forever. And i run the nodemon command in a screen process. ...
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How to save Crontab edits?

I ran crontab -e and made some changes, now how do I save it?
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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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Correct crontab settings on Cpanel/WHM Cron on CentOS 6.5

I have recently migrated from collocation to Amazon EC2 and setup new WHM installs with CentOS 6.5 I then used the Transfer tool to move all websites to the new server, however I am trying to transfer ...
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CronJob doesnt seem to be executing my SH script

SH script does has permission. (Chmod +x) Timezone on the server is set correctly. So, for some reason it seems as if my cronjob I have setup is not running my SH script. I think it had something to ...
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Crontab x minutes past every hour on Ubuntu

I haven't been able to find an example of how to run a command in crontab at 5 minutes past every hour. I assumed that this would work 5 */1 * * * But it doesn't run. Can anyone help? Thanks in ...
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Crontab cannot find program installed in local user's bin dir

I am trying to run a bash script on a dreamhost account that does some backup operations. The program I use to do the backup is installed in the home directory of the web hosting account under ...
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Why does my bash command not work in cygwin cron?

I have a simple shell script that works perfectly in cygwin under my login: /cygdrive/c/Users/sam.walton/work/inspector/push_db.sh It will download a file via curl and dump it to a Windows share. ...
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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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Why is this cronjob not working?

I have a ruby script in ~/custom_scripts/get_all_products.rb. I want it to run every night at 04:00. Here's what the cronjob in crontab -e looks like: MAILTO="<email>" 0 4 * * * ruby ...
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How to execute a Linux Cron Job from day x to y on crontab?

I found that I can use an hour range by using a slash, for instance, 4-20 to run from 4AM until 8PM. But what about day range? Can I use something like: * * 5-20 * * CMD
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crontab and binaries in /usr/local/bin

I am working in Redhat and have few programs located in folder /usr/local/bin I would like to call from crontab for root user. I thought that by putting binaries in that folder would be sufficient to ...
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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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setting gvim as editor for crontab

I've see many post saying that by setting the following evnironment variable EDITOR=vim or VISUAL=vim will allow to use vim as code editor for crontab. I would likt to try to use gvim instead ...
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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 can I set the terminal encoding when running a crontab job?

I have a crontab job which executes a Ruby script on Arch Linux. It works basically, but when I call "googlecl" to post to my blog, it always shows a "safeDecodeError" exception (eg.: ...
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Accidentally ran crontab without option, now empty

I typed crontab into the command line (Linux CentOS) and hit enter. When nothing happened I hit Ctrl+D and the command prompt came back. When I went into crontab -e the file was blank but it showed ...
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crontab still sending emails even with > /dev/null

I have a crontab (root) that runs a script and output is set to > /dev/null but I always get the emails whenever it runs. I only want to receive error emails. # Rackspace driveclient update (12pm ...
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Execute script when process reaches 6 hours of lifetime

I wonder if it's possible to execute a perl script when a process with a given PID file reaches a total of 6 hours of lifetime? Can this be done through crontab or similar? The perl script I want to ...
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redirecting output in crontab

I have a shell script to monitor table stats and java apps. It works fine when I run manually. But if I put it in the crontab it will get stuck if I don't redirect it's output with export display ...
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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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Shutting down Linux server on first Wednesday of every month

I have written a crontab entry as: 00 19 1-7 * 3 /sbin/init 0 It should turn my linux server off on the first Wednesday of every month. Unfortunately the server went off on today (Thursday). Can ...
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Using undefined time in a crontab job

What happens if you program a crontab job like this: * * * * * the command Will it be executed every minute, or what?
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Is there any limitation on file names under Unix?

We are using crontab to schedule jobs and it was not picking the files for processing that contain [ or ] or ¿. Is there any limitation on file names or do these characters mean something in UNIX? ...
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Why does this bash script give an error on Ubuntu but not OSX

#!/usr/bin/env sh export $NODE_CONFIG_DIR=/Users/full/path/to/script/config cd /Users/full/path/to/script /usr/local/bin/node main The script runs locally on OSX (if I adjust the paths for the local ...
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Cron unable to run shell script

I have been trying to get a shell script to run for hours using cron to no avail. I am trying to have the following bash script run every minute #!/bin/bash ...
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Can't get a script to run on startup in Debian 7

I want to get this script to run on startup on my Debian Wheezy server: /usr/bin/bitcoind so I go: $ sudo crontab -e @reboot /usr/bin/bitcoind 2>&1 >/tmp/bitcoind.out & Then save ...
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scheduling a script that accepts one argument in crontab

i am trying to schedule a shell script that runs for every 10 mins, and the script accepts some argument.. i have done it like this 0,10,20,30,40,50 * * * * sh ...
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Run Crontab anytime after 4pm

I am trying to run a script through crontab in osx 10.8.5 that will run at 4:30. 30 16 * * 1-5 /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/bin/python /Users/lego90511/PycharmProjects/Stock\ ...
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Automating python script on a mac not running

I have tried to have this question answered twice now(1, 2). While both were informative none of the solutions have worked, and I don't know why. The first solution was to use launchctl the second was ...
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Why nothing happens after crontab?

After executing fllowing command cursor skips to new line and nothing happens user@machine:~$ sudo crontab Why?
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Getting crontab error on Xubuntu

When running the command crontab -e i get the following error: no crontab for 'myusername' - using an empty one 888 Can anyone please help?
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Crontab job doesn't create db backups with `mysqldump` command

When I type in my VPS: $ mysqldump --opt --user=root --password=myPass dbName>/home/myuser/dbName.sql it works and makes a backup of my dbName, but if I do it from a crontab job, it creates an ...
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Automate python script mac

I want to set up a python script to run every weekday(not sunday and saturday) on my mac OSX 10.8.4. From what I have found so far, it looks like I want to use cron. But before I do something horrible ...
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sending the date in the subject in crontab

In crontab I have the following cronjob working. 0 0 * * * mysqldump -e --user=root --password=MYPASSWORD MYDB | gzip | uuencode db_date +"\%Y-\%m-\%d".gz | mail -s 'date +"\%Y-\%m-\%d"_dump' ...
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Do I need postfix for /var/mail/root to work?

I want crontab to log errors. As far as I know, this is being logged to /var/mail/root, but it doesn't seem to be working. Do I need to install postfix for this to work?
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setting a cronjob in IST time [closed]

I am trying to set a cronjob run in a different timezone..i have goolged a lot and found editing /etc/default/cron is the way to go...but this file is deprecated and I see the following message,so I ...
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Linux - starting a visible terminal on boot

I have a C program I wrote for debian on the raspberry pi that asks the user to enter a number, 1-4 which it then stores in a configuration file. This only happens if the configuration file is ...
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Run crontab non-interactively from script

I would like to schedule some tasks on remote servers by script but am having an issue with crontab expecting to be run interactively the first time. As far as I understand crontab needs to be ...
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Working with git via crontab

I have the following shell script #!/bin/bash REPODIR=$HOME/work/repository/ cd $REPODIR var=`git fetch --dry-run 2>&1` echo $var > $HOME/error.txt I want to run my script every minute, ...
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How can I sync cronjobs from one server to another?

What is the configuration file that defines the cronjobs? I know you can crontab -e, but it points to a temporary file.
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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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crontab schedule rule misunderstanding

I've got some strange behavior of one rule working unexpected. */40 * * * * myshellcommand here I though it would run each 40 minutes, e.g. 00.00 00.40 01.20 02.00 etc but instead it runs 00.00 ...
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OsX Crontab having no effect

I am dynamically appending cron tasks to the user crontab The tasks seem to be getting adde, crontab -e looks like: */10 * * * * /bin/sh /Users/john/Kiosk/app/content/update.sh @reboot /usr/bin/open ...
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Job shows up in crontab -l but not in /etc/crontab

There is a certain job that shows up when I do $ crontab -l and I can verify that this is also running. However, the job is not listed in /etc/crontab. Say the job is /somedir/somefile I can't ...
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I created Cron but I get errors that don't really understand

I created a crontab like this: 0 22 * * 2 /bin/echo " Hello World " 0 1 * * * /bin/echo " Test" but I receive mails like this, what does it mean? Subject: Cron /bin/echo " Test" ...
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Linux - switch to “cron” user

Sometimes i have issues with cron jobs not running, and diagnosing why can be difficult. What would be useful is to switch to the same user as the cron jobs run under, so i can see if there's a ...
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Why the command substitution in the crontab job doesn't work?

crontab -l: * * * * * /Users/michel/Desktop/myScript.sh myScript.sh: #!/bin/bash /usr/local/bin/growlnotify -t 'Fact' -m "$(/Users/michel/Desktop/anotherScript.sh data.txt)" -n 'myApp' it ...
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Why echo $(crontab -l) outputs current working directory listing and only then the content of crontab file itself?

So if cwd is the /tmp now: crontab -l > #min hour day mon dow command > * * * * * /usr/local/bin/growlnotify -t 'helloTitle' -m 'helloMessage' -n 'myApp' -sw but: echo $(crontab -l) > ...