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Task Scheduling in Linux

Overview

This article discusses some tools used in a Linux system to schedule tasks to run automatically at specified time intervals or at any given point of time in the future.

Some task-scheduling daemons used in Linux/UNIX are:

  • cron – the periodic scheduler most commonly used
  • at – schedule one-time tasks for the future
  • anacron – anachronistic cron; a periodic scheduler that doesn't rely on the system being left on 24×7

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