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cron and crontab are tools to run commands at scheduled times.


  • man cron
  • man 5 crontab
  • man 1 crontab

There are several GUIs available to help set up a cron job, see:

  • linuxconf
  • drakcronat -- may be new -- just noticed on cooker (14 Aug 2002)

There are some gotchas -- IIRC, the command to be run must be a valid command in a specific shell (or set of shells), and some "extensions" to a command will make it not valid.

cron sends an email to somebody (the user who owns the crontab) when a command has been dispatched (or successfully run??).

AFAICT, crontab seems to stand for CRON TABle, in other words, a table of commands for cron.

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