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If there is an entry in crontab with the following syntax:

* * * * * /usr/bin/program

How often would this be run? How would it initially get launched?

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Also see serverfault.com/q/79537/9278 –  John Gardeniers Oct 1 '10 at 1:39
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Your cron entry will execute every single minute of every hour of every single day of every single month of every single year

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A search for crontab syntax will give you man indepth explanations.

I find it handy to note the ordering in a comment at the top as a reminder.

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Or you can just do man 5 crontab. –  Dennis Williamson Oct 1 '10 at 1:31
    
@Dennis, do you really think most of us would remember what number to use in a man command? If we could remember that much we probably wouldn't need to keep using man. –  John Gardeniers Oct 1 '10 at 1:41
    
@John: man crontab, scroll to the bottom, see See Also "crontab(5)", man man the sections are listed on the second (25-line) screenful. "5 File formats and conventions". My comment was not intended as an "oh should already know this", but as "here's some useful information". –  Dennis Williamson Oct 1 '10 at 1:46
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@Dennis, I've never noticed that in a man file, probably because I only look for specific information. I'll try to keep it in mind. Thanks. –  John Gardeniers Oct 1 '10 at 2:00
    
Just man crontab will do. The crontab manpage is not always in section 5. I'm typing this from Slackware Linux 13.1 and it's in section 1 here. –  halp Oct 1 '10 at 4:55
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