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I would like to schedule my tasks in EST but I want the actual task to run under the default system timezone.

Whats the best way of doing this?

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Just set in your crontab file variable TZ=Some/Where You can set TZ several times to have separate jobs rund in separate timezones. For example:

* 7 * * * root date | mail root
* 7 * * * root date | mail root
* 7 * * * root date | mail root

at 7:00 UTC (or timezone you have cron daemon runned) three jobs will be runned, but each have its own TZ variable.

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+1 didn't know that - pretty useful. – Coops Mar 28 '12 at 12:34
+1 a very nice tip! – Janne Pikkarainen Mar 28 '12 at 12:42
I want them all to run in the same timezone but at different times! – DD. Mar 28 '12 at 14:01
Agh, cron daemon that itself aware of TZ variable are already there:… – datacompboy Mar 28 '12 at 15:24
I don't see anything in the question that indicated that the environment was OpenSolaris... Vixie cron specifically says that this doesn't work. – womble Mar 29 '12 at 8:26
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In CENTOS version of cron just add the line: CRON_TZ=America/New_York

This will run the schedule according to New York time but the task will run in the default time zone.

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Thanks for the tip about the default time zone. It requires that you add a TZ variable in each line of the crontab, if you want the cron job to also run in the Eastern timezone, eg: export TZ=America/New_York; unix_command; next_cmd_in_sequence – Mike S May 19 '15 at 20:14
Just want to mention that you can have multiple CRON_TZ settings in a single crontab - very useful. :) – Lester Cheung Mar 11 at 1:15

You can run a separate instance of cron with a different TZ environment variable, or just learn to add or subtract a few hours.

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Yeh...its not really that simple with Daylight saving changes which happen at different times in different timezones. I thought the TZ environment variable would mean the process runs in a different TZ? – DD. Mar 28 '12 at 10:50
Yes, and the process that has the different TZ is crond. – womble Mar 29 '12 at 8:26
how can I get the crond service to run in a different TZ? Sorry I'm a unix newbie. – DD. Mar 29 '12 at 8:59

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