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Cron jobs are an incredibly useful Linux tool aimed at saving you time by scheduling tasks within your server. A programmed cron task will execute commands within a script by the minute, day, week or month. They can be scheduled to do many tasks including backing up your server’s files nightly, updating inventory orders in a database or even compressing files for migrating. Repetitive tasks become a cinch when incorporating a cron job. While there are numerous ways to run a cron task, we will be using the crontab option that is inherent within Ubuntu to set up a nightly backup of our website.
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Cron is a service for Linux servers that automatically executes scheduled commands. A cron job can be a series of shell commands, scripts, or other programs. Cron tasks or jobs can perform a variety of functions and once ran can send out an e-mail message to inform you of its completion or errors. If you receive an error, there are many ways to troubleshoot the cron task. Use this article for troubleshooting assistance or a tutorial on the basics of cron jobs. If you would like to learn more about creating a cron job check out our Knowledge Base tutorials
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Several cases have been reported where a broken symlink results in a permissions error when viewing or attempting to modify user cron jobs. Restoring the link resolves the issue.
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Servers can automatically perform tasks that you would otherwise have to perform yourself, such as running scripts. On Linux dedicated servers
or VPS servers
, the cron
utility is the preferred way to automate the running of scripts. In this article, we’ll cover how to view the jobs scheduled in the crontab list. For an introduction to Cron check-out our KB: How To: Automate Server Scripts With Cron
. Knowing how to setup crontab is an important skill, but even if you’re not editing these knowing how to view them is important as well. Continue reading “How to Display (List) All Jobs in Cron / Crontab”