Cron is a time-based job scheduler in Unix-like computer operating systems. Cron enables users to schedule jobs (commands or shell scripts) to run periodically at certain times or dates.

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Cron bash script skips second do/done set

I have a script that checks IPs for ping reply then tries to run an snmpwalk on them. I am trying to schedule the script to run weekly in cron. When I run the script in the shell, it runs perfectly. ...
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cron vs anacron on server machine (AWS instance)

During review of environment which I took over I've discovered that Amazon Linux uses anacron by default which means that cron.weekly jobs are executed somewhere between 3a.m. and 10p.m. Moreover - ...
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Daily postgresql cron error log file

I am getting these emails daily: /etc/cron.daily/logrotate: error: error accessing /var/log/postgresql: No such file or directory error: postgresql-common:1 glob failed for /var/log/postgresql/.log ...
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Sending cron output as a text file attachment

I sysadmin a multiplayer game at CentOS 6.5 Linux server for a customer. The customer has requested me to send the daily chat logs (to identify and ban agressive players) - as a text file ...
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Cronjob for a bash script pauses for 2 minutes randomly

I have been running a bash script on CEntOS 5.5 machine that checks replication on a remote mysql server. The script creates a temporary lock file and is scheduled to run in Crontab every minute. But ...
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some services switched off automatically

with my company we have a VPS. We have some issues with it. this morning the pure-ftpd was stopped. I had to start also postfix and the cron jobs were off for 3 hours. My config : Debian GNU/Linux 7 ...
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Should I use cron.hourly or crontab?

It seems that all the suggestions for using/scheduling awstats is via crontab, as such: 0 * * * * /usr/local/awstats/wwwroot/cgi-bin/awstats.pl -config=mysite -update >/dev/null (running awstats ...
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zip in cron doesn't work, but zip from command is working [duplicate]

I need to back up a directory with zip -r /savehere/backup_`date +%y%m%d%H%M%S` /save/this -q It works fine. But not from crontab: * * * * zip -r /savehere/backup_`date +%y%m%d%H%M%S` /save/this ...
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crontab fails, cannot find aws executable

I am trying to run a backup script on my ec2 amazon server (ubuntu 14.04), to automatically create a snapshot of amazon ebs volumes. Therefore I am using the aws-missing-tools script: ...
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simple crontab every 5min not working [duplicate]

I am trying to setup a crontab to execute a command from a specific user. Here is my code in "crontab -e". Why is this not working ? */5 * * * * user /home/user/whoami>swag.txt I am running ...
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Crontab is not working [closed]

I am trying to add a new script to crontab using putty. I am following these steps: open putty enter my username / password enter command crontab -e to create new crontab copying this command to ...
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Have a Vagrant VM destroy itself or power off on completion of a long-running task

I've been using Vagrant with Ansible to perform certain ETL tasks. This has provided some flexibility and transparency: jobs can be easily be moved around and the YAML playbook provides some level of ...
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APT FATAL -> Failed to fork

I saw a lot of questions regarding this, but mine seems a little different. Here's what I receive: /etc/cron.weekly/apt-xapian-index: FATAL -> Failed to fork. run-parts: ...
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Cron not launching python script

Python script is not being run, all other functions are running and stand alone script runs but combined... nada. Initially it was */30 * * * * screen python ~/db_preset.py (Yes there was new line ...
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issues with cron file in cron.d

running amazon ami (similar to centos.) this is what I found on cron file under /var/log : Sep 4 15:32:01 mike crond[2289]: (root) BAD FILE MODE (/etc/cron.d/mytasks) and this is my file mytasks ...
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crontab job is setting date wrongly [duplicate]

I need to set date and time in my server in order to make them synced always. I cannot use ntp inside my channel due to proxy issues. I've found this workaround. It works fine when I run it in command ...
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cron ignores changes to /etc/crontab

I'm seeing strange cron behavior which I'm not sure how to debug and fix. It ignores changes to /etc/crontab until restarted, e.g. I edit /etc/crontab adding * * * * * root echo 'weee' > ...
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crontab truncates file path

I try to run the following command: crontab -u root /root/iss/current/node/bin/installers/nl_brandless_selector_full_hd/nl_brandless_selector_full_hd_cron_file But I got an error like this: ...
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cronjob or similar to open a local php file including query [closed]

How do I open the following file with cronjob correctly every 5 minutes: /var/www/mysite/folder/foo.php?query=1 I tried myself but i just did not get it working... i tried with /usr/share/php5 , ...
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cron.daily not running at the time it should?

My /etc/cron.daily scripts seem to be executing far later from what I understand they should. I am in Ubuntu and anacron is installed. If I do a sudo cat /var/log/syslog | grep cron I get something ...
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Kill all currently running cron jobs

For some reason my cron job scripts aren't exiting cleanly and they're backing up my server. There are currently a couple hundred processes running for one of my users. I can use the following command ...
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Crontab not working to send email [closed]

I have CentOs 6.5 running on a VPS Host. I installed crontab and email using the below commands yum install vixie-cron service start crond chkconfig crond --levels 235 on yum install sendmail ...
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Non-root user is not allowed to use crontab due to PAM restrictions [closed]

I have the issue that I am not able to use cron with my normal user ( other than root ) [coins@COINS-TEST ~]$ crontab -l Authentication service cannot retrieve authentication info You (coins) are ...
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Crond stopped sending e-mails for no apparent reason [duplicate]

I have a cron job that I want to run just once a day (executes a rake task), but while I'm testing it I have it set to run every 5 minutes. It was running perfectly fine this morning and sending me ...
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crontab listing or editing results in fopen: permission denied

Recently, a job configured to run from a user's crontab stopped executing. When attempting to list or edit the crontab for the user, the result is: user@host:~$ crontab -l crontabs/user/: fopen: ...
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Spam emails from Suse server: test -x /etc/init.d/sendmail && /usr/share/sendmail/sendmail cron-msp

Have a virtual server with old Suse. About a month ago cron started spamming me with emails like this: Subject: test -x /etc/init.d/sendmail && /usr/share/sendmail/sendmail cron-msp ...
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Problems with a PHP include from the command line (or cronjob) [closed]

I am trying to setup a cronjob on my AWS EC2 instance. There is nothing wrong with the actual entry in the crontab file but when I try to run the command in the command line I get this response. PHP ...
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Why does this command to send emails work from the shell but not as a cron job?

I have a problem with cron jobs, I need to send email notification to users, I use this command curl "http://example.com/index.php?option=com_community&task=cron">/dev/null 2>&1 When ...
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Starting a detached screen has no effect

I want to start a shell script in detached mode on ubuntu bootup (via cronjob @reboot) but it doesn't even work when I try it directly. Syntax: screen -d -m -S myscreenname /path/to/my/script.sh ...
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MySQL: Error establishing a database connection

I'm running a DigitalOcean.com Virtual Server with the typical Ubuntu LAMP Stack for a few WordPress sites. Of course, every week or two the MySQL service seems to crash. If I restart MySQL or the ...
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How to make sure script is always running?

I have 4 scripts in crontab that start on server boot. After 12 hours or so, some throw an exception and stop running. At that point, I want my server to just start the script again, so each script is ...
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ssmtp won't send cron email

I can't figure out why cron on my AWS EC2 (Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.13.0-32-generic x86_64)) can't seem to send email out via sSmtp to AWS SES. This works: echo "test" | ssmtp my@myemail.com ...
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Where does cron store the real-time stderr logs?

I've got a cron job configured to run a command like some-command 2>&1 >/dev/null | tee -a /tmp/some-command.STDERR.$(date +\%Y-\%m-\%d.\%H.\%M) I've also got a tmpreaper cron job that ...
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Python script succeeds manually but fails on crontab

So I'm currently trying to get a script working but it's behaving differently when I run it manually than when I run it from crontab. Basically, I have a reverse ssh tunnel set up from one server to ...
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run multiple instance of same php script from bash

I am running a cron job to execute a php file multiple times per minute like this * * * * * /usr/bin/php /var/www/html/myFile.php >> /var/www/html/cronlog 2> /dev/null * * * * * ...
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my crontab doesn't send mails anymore

Before saturday, mailing after crontab executions were working but from now on, it doesn't work at all, but the config didn't changed. Operating system : Debian 7.5 I tried using PHP the mail ...
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Is 6,10-12 valid syntax fo the hour part of a cron task? [duplicate]

I know that "10-12" is a valid range for the hour part of chron and that "6,7,8" is avlid syntax too. Can I combine these 2 an us "6,10-12" if valid hours time is at 6 and between 10 and 12?
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How to make permission of mysql log file stick?

I am running a custom cron script to do log rotation and email newly compressed log files. Due to permission problems, I have to set the group user to root instead of the default mysql so that the ...
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Can't run AWS CLI from CRON (credentials)

Trying to run a simple AWS CLI backup script. It loops through lines in an include file, backs those paths up to S3, and dumps output to a log file. When I run this command directly, it runs without ...
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How can I know which user has cron jobs configured on a machine with 200+ users?

I need to build a new machine and copy properties and some cron jobs from another machine which has about 200+ users and I don't know which users have cron jobs configured. Is there a way to extract ...
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Perl FTP script fails from crontab, works from cmd

We have a Perl script we've been using (launched from crontab) for several years to upload images using Net::FTP. Recently we began to notice problems where the images were not uploading and errors ...
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cron.weekly runs on wrong day of week on Ubuntu

I have this line in my /etc/crontab: 47 6 * * Sat root test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.weekly ) So the cron.weekly should be started every Saturday ...
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Binding timestamp value to a variable in crontab

I'm basically trying to declare a variable with a date() value in crontab as I will constantly be using the same date structure over and over, here is what my crontab looks like so far. php = ...
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sending email from cron in html format not text

i am trying to send email every 1 hour from cron job which is executing a php script that fetches data from database and shows in a table format. i have CentOs 6.1 where i created my cron job.firstly ...
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Is it better to use the systemd service unit's Restart & RestartSec, or use a systemd timer unit?

I have a couple of in-house automated scripts running at periodic intervals. One is every five minutes, the other is every minute. They don't really need to be ran on-the-dot; e.g. I don't care if ...
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When cron is completed How to get email notification and log in a file (both)

I am a Newbie to linux. I'm trying to figure out things. Can someone kindly help me how to combine these two commands? (1) Normally cron can results can be directed to a log file by editing crontab ...
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Backup Ubuntu server with cron/rsync: Problems with resuming large files

I currently have a dedicated Ubuntu backup server which wakes itself up from suspend (using rtcwake) daily. 5 minutes later a cron BASH job kicks in, using rsync to pull files from various network ...
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Periodically run an MS SQL query on multiple sites

I have been tasked with pushing Google Analytics data periodically to SQL Server 2005 running on a different server from various websites (about 450 of them) grouped on various servers. I understand I ...
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rsync changing already existing files

I have a simple line of rsync in my crontab that gets backup files from the prod server to another. It looks like it is touching the already existing files in the destination folder. This way, the ...
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Weird syslog order

Have you ever seen wrong order in /var/log/syslog ? I think that it causes only crontab. Jun 28 22:20:01 alex CRON[2327]: (root) CMD (something > /dev/null) Jun 28 22:21:01 alex CRON[2700]: (root) ...