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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Shell script works directly, but has a syntax error via crontab

I have a shell script to automate a git commit and push every night: auto_git_push.sh #!/bin/sh function automate(){ git add . git commit -am "automated push $(date +"%Y-%m-%d")" git ...
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Simple Cron task in Mac OS X Lion

I am trying the Cron facility in Mac OS X Lion, but it does't seem to work. The crontab looks like this: MacBook-Air-de-Vincent:run vincentle$ crontab -l MAILTO=bxxxxxxxx@gxxx.com * * * * * (echo ...
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How to execute shell script via crontab?

I have a notify.sh script that looks like: notify-send "hi welcome" My crontab notification for 2 PM: 0 14 * * * home/hacks/notify.sh However, this doesn't work. What is the problem?
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Schedule a cronjob start everyday automatically [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to have Linux run a command every X minutes? I want to run a command which will be synchronize my remote folder data to my local computer. command is sync ...
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Python script not running as cronjob

I have tried everything and I've seen other questions here regarding this but I cannot for the life of me run a python script as a cronjob. I've tried the following. * * * * * /usr/bin/python ...
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Linux - check when crontab file was last amended

How can i get the last updated date/time of the crontab file. not when cron was last run but instead when was the crontab file amended last
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Why does this crontab file only run once?

I have the following crontab file: 2 * * * * /bin/date >> /home/jon/date_from_cron.txt I think this means "run every two minutes". However, it only runs once. Shortly after setting up this ...
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crontab script don't execute if console is closed

I'm using Debian 6.0.6. I edited root crontab a few days ago to add this line: 00,10,20,30,40,50 * * * * /root/Scripts/con_switch6.sh >> /var/log/con_switch_diario.log 2>&1 I'm ...
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Can Ubuntu play a video via cron job?

I'm developing a display system for a paint shop. I've set up a computer with Ubuntu to run the video and display it on a TV, running a PHP script that should update the video every hour via the ...
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Error setting up Crontab

Trying to set up a cronjob: 0 12 * * * /usr/bin/mysqldump --all-databases > /backups/mysql/`date "+%Y-%m-%d"`.sql Getting error: crontab: installing new crontab "/tmp/crontab.fuly8s":2: bad ...
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Why is this CRON failing to execute?

$ crontab -l # # m h dom mon dow command SHELL=/bin/bash * * * * * (/usr/bin/curl -s -XPOST http://internal.ip -H 'Content-type: application/json' -d 'data') $ ls -l /usr/bin/curl -rwxr-xr-x 1 ...
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Why is this cron not working?

I've made a script that backs some files up and puts them in a folder, When I do sudo /data/backups/scripts/nightlybackups.sh It works, I just want to make it a cron job so that it runs every ...
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Difference between 0,10 and */10 for crontab?

I wanted to run a cron every 10 minutes. What's the difference between the syntax 0,10 and */10?
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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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Crontab as other user

I am running crontab as root user: screen -S konsola -X stuff 'say hello'`echo -ne '\015'` How do I run it as the user "nobody"? Only this user has screen with given pid, thats why I need it.
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How do I make crontab generate a unique log each time it runs a job?

Here is the crontab job /usr/local/bin/python2.7 /home/scripts/script.py >> /home/scripts/logs/log.log 2>&1 How do I generate a new log every time the job is run? I am cool with ...
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Crontab crash when running a script that insert a lot of lines in MySQL

My crontab is crashing when I run a script that insert alot of lines on MySQL Database, but when I run a script that inser few lines it run properly, is there some configuration file of cron? Maybe ...
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Are there good reasons to have a single cron job run multiple comands [closed]

How would cron handle a job that executes multiple commands. As an example I have a cron job that looks like this. Which gets very difficult to read. 10 0 * * * firstscript.sh > first.log; ...
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crontabs hour specification */1 is that the same as *

I am looking for clarification with the cron tab that I am working with. some job 1 * * * * some job 1 */1 * * * Are those jobs the same? The job will run the first minute every ...
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Is there a way to predict the next execution time for a crontab job?

I'm configuring crontab jobs on an Ubuntu server and I'm trying to figure out how can I predict the next execution time for my jobs individually. It's just a matter of making sure I configured the ...
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randomised cron command

I'd like to write a cron command so that a job would execute once at some random time during the week - is this possible without having the crontab modify itself? I've considered writing a function ...
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Load login shell inside user cronjob

I'm trying to run a rake task using a scheduled cronjob. My crontab looks something like this: 0 1 * * 1-7 /bin/bash -l -c "cd ~/jobs/rake && rake reports:create >> ...
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Mac OSX 10.6 Cron Job Not Running

I tried setting up a crontab on my Mac, but it's not running for some reason. Here's what I'm trying to run: */2 * * * * /BackupScript/backup.sh I have it set to every 2 minutes currently for ...
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Why cron saves at /root, when should at /var/www?

Why my cron */1 * * * * /usr/bin/php /var/www/query/query.php &> /root/querylog.log saves query.php output in the /root/ folder? (this script shall save *.txt at its location) It should do so ...
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sudo access to view/edit a crontab

I wish to be able to edit, or at least view, a crontab that is on a server. Should I not be able to run this to do so: sudo crontab -u root When I do, I get this error: Sorry, user crmpicco is ...
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Issue pushing file from linux to windows with smbclient

I have a file located on my linux box that is generated by a python script, the file is dropped inside of the /root/ directory My bash script looks like so: #!/bin/bash # Run the HR Data feed cd ...
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How do I make cron run a Java GUI application?

I have a script which runs a Java GUI application using "java -jar app.jar". I have added the script to the crontab to run every minute, check the processlist if the application is up. If it isn't it ...
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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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Crontab script on Mac OS X Lion does not work anymore

I have a problem with cron tasks. Previously this script worked fine on Mac OS X 10.6 server, but when I initialize it on Lion (client), this script stopped working. Basically, this .bat file calls ...
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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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cron jobs made in cPanel don't show up in PuTTy

Why don't cron jobs, that I have made in cPanel, show up when I use PuTTy and type crontab -l?
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What do slashes “/” mean in crontab?

I'm seeing slashes in some crontab examples, I don't understand what they mean? Check this one out for example */10 * * * * /home/ramesh/check-disk-space ...
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How to use crontab to run a script as nobody

This is on a CentOS machine. I'm trying to run a script as user nobody (or as a user with minimal permissions) at a certain time every day. Here is nobody: [root@CentOS % ~] grep "^nobody" ...
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How to recover crontab jobs from filesystem

On my system I have fedora 13, which I can't get to boot right now. I'm now running ubuntu 11.10 from a different partition. From ubuntu I can read the fedora partition. In fedora I had some cron ...
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I can not find specific cron running at *:21 and *:56 on Debian

I am frustrated. I have two mystic crons running on our server, that I can not find by doing crontab -l. The good thing is these crons are sending mails. That is how I know those are running at :21m ...
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Cron job not working consistently

I have a cron job: 1 0 * * * /usr/bin/wget -q -O /dev/null 'http://123.456.78.90/index/parsedata?&today=1' It should gather a bunch of data from the DB at 12:01am each day, organize it for use ...
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How to setup crontab on dedicated server to dump WordPress MySQL database and email it to a Gmail account

I know I can do a mysql dump for my WordPress databases on my dedicated server. But I want to do this automatically, and I want the dump to be emailed to my Gmail account. Is this even possible?
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Do jobs in root's crontab still execute when logged in as another user?

I have edited my root's crontab. Will root's cron jobs still run when I'm logged in as another user?
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mysqldump cron not dumping

I am attempting to setup a cron to use mysqldump once a day. There is no output and I cannot see any database usage while watching top. The crontab is: mysqldump [database] -u[user] -p'[password]' ...
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crontab -l output to file

I want to be able to output my current crontab to a file, in order to check and append it automatically. crontab -l > somefile creates an empty file. There must be a simple way of doing this, ...
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Running program every 2 minutes with crontab

What does 2 * * * * means in crontab context? I want to run my program every 2 minutes; is that what 2 * * * * means?
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Open a terminal from a Crontab

How do I get a gnome-terminal window to open from a crontab? I have tried this: * * * * * /usr/bin/gnome-terminal * * * * * source /home/user_name/.bashrc ; /usr/bin/gnome-terminal * ...
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crontab day of week vs. day of month?

I added this to /etc/crontab on a few different linux & freebsd systems: # monthly reboot: 3rd Tuesday of every month 56 07 15-21 * 2 root /sbin/shutdown -r now I want a reboot on the 3rd ...
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Bad minute in crontab?

I get the following error in my syslog: Oct 17 13:14:03 tracker cron[873]: (*system*) ERROR (Syntax error, this crontab file will be ignored) Oct 17 13:14:03 tracker cron[873]: Error: bad minute; ...
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Cron jobs and clipboards

Pbpaste doesn't seem to work as expected when I run it from a cron job. I have an applescript that opens a PDF file in Preview and sends it the copy command and then closes Preview. Next I'd like to ...
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If I restart crond, will scripts get interrupted?

I am changing my /etc/crontab file. When I execute service crond restart will my jobs/scripts that just begun executing by crond be terminated or not ?
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Run a shell script using cron

I have this FeedIndexer.sh: #!/bin/sh java -jar FeedIndexer.jar Just to run FeedIndexer.jar which is in the same directory as the .sh, I would like to run it using crontab, so I did this: # ...
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How to set CRON to execute a php file outside of a public html folder?

I have a php file located at, let's say, for example: /data/web/process.php This file is not publicly available (no virtual host is running in that folder, but apache is installed). I need to ...
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View the event list of a cron file

I have a relatively complex set of cron jobs running and it would be really useful for me to ask the system for the list of the next n cron tasks that will be performed. So given a particular ...
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Crontab : Permission denied

My crontab (running as user) contains the following command 00-59 00-23 * * * /usr/bin/smbget -R smb://192.168.10.32/Data -u USER -p PASSWORD But I am getting an error as You don't have ...