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I just created a cron task do a backup of a 10GB MySql file once every week. How do I test it?

Specifically it should run as the user, do the output email and error log of the cron task

marked as duplicate by Ward, kasperd, HBruijn Apr 7 '16 at 14:17

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You can separate the testing of your script and cron-setup this way,

  1. Test your tool/script from the intended user login
    • verify that it works as expected (emails and logs, etc).
  2. Setup a trial run of issuing it 2 or three times in the next few minutes through cron
    • verify that the first run correctly as with expected results (similar to 1)
    • verify that the next runs continue to work correctly
      and don't get messed up with any effects of the past run

Set it to run every minute, then see if it successfully runs one minute later. Once you have it working, set it back to run every week instead.

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