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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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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Set default editor for crontab -e invoked with sudo

I'm using Bash on Debian Squeeze. I just read this topic: change default text editor for crontab to vim I have exported both variables VISUAL and EDITOR to vim for normal user and for root. And this ...
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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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Why isn't crontab working for me? (Ubuntu 11.04)

I can't get the crontab jobs running. I've checked /var/log/syslog and the scheduled jobs aren't there. I've edited the jobs with sudo crontab -e so they are created for root. This is how my jobs ...
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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) > ...
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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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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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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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Background Jobs from cron

I am running a cron on every two minutes. From the cron I am running other shell scripts in background with "&". After cron exits spawned shell script process still runs, this is desired behavior. ...
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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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Running Cronjobs as per Local Time rather than Universal Time

On running dpkg-reconfigure tzdata in terminal and i get 2 different time on my machine Local time is now: Wed May 1 11:58:55 IST 2013. Universal Time is now: Wed May 1 06:28:55 UTC 2013. ...
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How can I change the directory a command thinks it is running in?

How can I run a command that is in a different directory so that the command thinks I've ran it in the current directory? If a command is using basename() or argv[0] (or whatever it's called) to get ...
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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 is using some sort of hidden cache?

I used to have a crontab that ran like this * * * * * /usr/bin/php /var/www/vhosts/default/htdocs/agent/time_keeper.php > /dev/null 2>&1 It worked fine. Now I moved that php script to a ...
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Run a command every week with Cron?

Simple question- what would a crontab entry look like for a command I want to run every week on Saturday at 8:05 AM?
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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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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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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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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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crontab email is not working as expected. First I got the emails at gmail, now I'm not getting them

First I ran a simple test to see if I could get crontab to send me an email. I created the following line: MAILTO = my_email_address@example.com 1 * * * * /bin/echo "foobar" This worked as expected ...
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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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Only email on cron errors for jobs in cron.daily, cron.hourly, etc

I have several cron jobs that run (in /etc/cron.daily, /etc/cron.hourly, /etc/cron.weekly, etc.) and email root@localhost with the results. I'd like to stop those emails if the jobs are succeeding, ...
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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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Crontab Error Emails: Set Sender to Root Using -f

For a crontab entry in this format, */1 * * * * /usr/bin/php /app/<userid>/command --flag='value' I see this message emailed to <userid>@host (and view via mail) at one per minute: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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rsync works fine until I put it in crontab (UPDATE: 'date' doesn't work in crontab)

I've got this rsync command that works just fine when I run it from the command line (Ubuntu Server 12.04.1 LTS). I'd like it to run every hour, on the hour, and output the results (along with errors) ...
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Is it possible to use variables in crontab -e?

Can I say: MYPATH=/root/scripts MYSCRIPT=doit.sh 0 1 * * * $MYPATH/$MYSCRIPT in crontab -e ? Is it possible to use variables in crontab -e ?
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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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Difference between /etc/crontab and “crontab -e”

What is the difference between the crontab located in /etc/crontab and the crontab that can be edited using crontab -e?
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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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Disable cron jobs for a specific user

I have a list of jobs in the crontabs for user1, user2. I want to prevent the jobs of user2 from running. I tried listing user2 in cron.deny, but that only prevents him from accessing his crontab. ...
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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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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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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 ...