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Plan 9 - man page for cron (plan9 section 8)

CRON(8) 			     System Manager's Manual				  CRON(8)

NAME
       cron - clock daemon

SYNOPSIS
       auth/cron [-c]

DESCRIPTION
       Cron executes commands at specified dates and times according to instructions in the files
       /cron/user/cron.  It runs only on an authentication server.  Option -c causes cron to cre-
       ate  /cron/user	and  /cron/user/cron  for the current user; it can be run from any Plan 9
       machine.

       Blank lines and lines beginning with # in these files are ignored.  Entries are lines with
       fields

	      minute hour day month weekday host command

       Command	is a string, which may contain spaces, that is passed to an rc(1) running on host
       for execution.  The first five fields are integer patterns for

	      minute	     0-59

	      hour	     0-23

	      day of month   1-31

	      month of year  1-12

	      day of week    0-6; 0=Sunday

       The syntax for these patterns is

	      time  : '*'
		    | range
	      range : number
		    | number '-' number
		    | range ',' range

       Each number must be in the appropriate range.  Hyphens specify inclusive ranges	of  valid
       times; commas specify lists of valid time ranges.

       To  run the job, cron calls host and authenticates remote execution, equivalent to running
       rx host command (see con(1)).  The user's profile is run with $service set to rx.

       Cron is not a reliable service.	It skips commands if it cannot reach host within two min-
       utes, or if the cron daemon is not running at the appropriate time.

EXAMPLES
       Here is the job that mails system news.

	      % cat /cron/upas/cron
	      # send system news
	      15 8-17, 21 ***	  helix     /mail/lib/mailnews
	      %

SOURCE
       /sys/src/cmd/auth/cron.c

SEE ALSO
       con(1), rc(1)

											  CRON(8)


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