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Crontab

list crontab
crontab -l
edit crontab
crontab -e
install crontab from a file
crontab [file]
specify user
crontab -u [user] [file]
the crontab is persisted to the following file
/etc/crontab
crontab also scans the followin directory for files containing crontabs
/etc/cron.d

crontab expressions

1) Minute when the process will be started [0-60]
2) Hour when the process will be started [0-23]
3) Day of the month when the process will be started [1-28/29/30/31]
4) Month of the year when the process will be started [1-12]
5) Weekday when the process will be started [0-6] [0 is Sunday]

every x min = */x
every minute
* * * * * /do/something
every 10 minutes
*/10 * * * * /do/something
every sunday at midnight
0 0 * * 0 /do/something
on restart
@reboot /call/script/on/restart.sh
shorthands:
@hourly echo "call at the beginning of every hour"
@daily echo "call at midnight"
@weekly echo "every sunday"
@monthly echo "first day of every month"
@yearly echo "Januari 1st"

further reading

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CronHowto
http://vlinux-freak.blogspot.com/2010/12/working-with-crontab-scheduler.html