Linux crontab, cronjob Syntax, How to and tips
Posted on: 12/09/2010 10:53 AM

Go2Linux posted a cron guide

Linux crontab, cronjob Syntax, How to and tips

Cron is a time-based job scheduler in Unix-like computer operating systems. The name cron comes from the word chronos Greek for time Cron enables users to schedule jobs (commands or shell scripts) to run periodically at certain times or dates. It is commonly used to automate system maintenance or administration, though its general-purpose nature means that it can be used for other purposes, such as connecting to the Internet and downloading email
Cron is driven by a crontab (cron table) file, a configuration file that specifies shell commands to run periodically on a given schedule. The crontab files are stored where the lists of jobs and other instructions to the cron daemon are kept. Users can have their own individual crontab files and often there is a system wide crontab file (usually in /etc or a subdirectory of /etc) which only system administrators can edit.

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