Cron is the name of program that enables unix users to execute commands or scripts (groups of commands) automatically at a specified time/date. It is normally used for sys admin commands, like makewhatis, which builds a search database for the man -k command, or for running a backup script, but can be used for anything. A common use for it today is connecting to the internet and downloading your email.
Cron is a daemon, which means that it only needs to be started once, and will lay dormant until it is required. A Web server is a daemon, it stays dormant until it gets asked for a web page. The cron daemon, or crond, stays dormant until a time specified in one of the config files, or crontabs.
|Edit your crontab file, or create one if it doesn't already exist.
|Display your crontab file.
|Remove your crontab file.
minute(s) hour(s) day(s) month(s) weekday(s) command(s)
|This controls what minute of the hour the command will run on.
|This controls what hour the command will run on.
|This is the Day of Month, that you want the command run on.
|This is the month a specified command will run on.
|This is the Day of Week that you want a command to be run on.
|This is the user who runs the command.
shell syntax code, executables or combinations of both
minute, hour, day, month, weekday then please include
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