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Re: [SLE] Cron Jobs
  • From: Hans Forbrich <hforbric_suse@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 20:35:51 -0700
  • Message-id: <200403172035.51636.hforbric_suse@xxxxxxxxx>
You really want to look at "man crontab" <g>

If your userid has permission to run a cron job, the crontab command puts you
into a 'crontab edit' mode. On exit, it automatically installs the resulting
file into the right spot.

You might also want to invest in O'Reilly "Essential System Administration"
(see That covers most unixes and
Linuxes and has a great section on cron.


On Wednesday 17 March 2004 20:26, Donald Henson wrote:
> Before you blow me off, let me say that I've been using Linux for about
> six months and this is the first time I've had occasion to set up a cron
> job. And before you tell me to RTFM, I've already done that as well as
> several exchanges on mailing lists and a couple of online tutorials. I'm
> here to tell you that I'm confused. You may need to know that I'm
> running SuSE Linux 9.0, since SuSE appears to handle cron jobs
> differently than everyone else.
> All I want to do is run a simple backup job every morning (early). I'm
> pretty sure that I can set up the crontab entry to do that. What I don't
> know is where to put it. I've looked at /etc/cron, /etc/cron.daily
> (contains a number of scripts), etc. Is there an existing script that I
> modify or do I create one from scratch? I'd really appreciate any
> assistance here.
> Don Henson

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