I have a VPS with debian 64bit. And I would like to set a daily reboot at 7:00

with $ ps aux

root 1844 0.0 0.1 18832 964 ? Ss 07:23 0:00 /usr/sbin/cron

so the cron it's running.

When I logme in to the VPS through sftp, I can see the crontab file in /etc/crontab/.

I edit that crontab file and in the bottom I have introduce

0 7 * * * reboot

save and exit and reboot (to assume the cron) but don't did nothing

than I tried another those command lines and did nothing

0 7 * * * initd 6

0 7 * * * shutdown -r now

please help me to see what I'm missing or what I have to check step by step :(

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    Why? This is a very bad idea. If you are having performance issues, fix those instead of covering over the problem with a reboot. – EEAA Dec 23 '13 at 13:26
  • I just want to found out what it's missing to have cron up and running, cause as soon I figured out what's missing I will put cron doing this instead daily will be monthly. – plopes Dec 23 '13 at 14:37

/etc/crontab requires a user argument. So it should be something like this:

0 7 * * *   root    /usr/sbin/shutdown -r now
  • 0 7 * * * root /usr/sbin/shutdown -r now #didn't work... but I have looked in /usr/sbin/ and I didn't saw no shudtdown file. – plopes Dec 23 '13 at 14:03

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