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at - execute commands at a later time
at time [ day ] [ file ]
At squirrels away a copy of the named file (standard input default) to be used as input to
sh(1) at a specified later time. A cd(1) command to the current directory is inserted at
the beginning, followed by assignments to all environment variables. When the script is
run, it uses the user and group ID of the creator of the copy file.
The time is 1 to 4 digits, with an optional following `A', `P', `N' or `M' for AM, PM,
noon or midnight. One and two digit numbers are taken to be hours, three and four digits
to be hours and minutes. If no letters follow the digits, a 24 hour clock time is under-
The optional day is either (1) a month name followed by a day number, or (2) a day of the
week; if the word `week' follows invocation is moved seven days further off. Names of
months and days may be recognizably truncated. Examples of legitimate commands are
at 8am jan 24
at 1530 fr week
At programs are executed by periodic execution of the command /usr/lib/atrun from cron(8).
The granularity of at depends upon how often atrun is executed.
Standard output or error output is lost unless redirected.
activity to be performed at hour hhhh of year day ddd of year yy. uu is a unique number.
/usr/spool/at/lasttimedone contains hhhh for last hour of activity.
/usr/spool/at/past directory of activities now in progress
/usr/lib/atrun program that executes activities that are due
Complains about various syntax errors and times out of range.
Due to the granularity of the execution of /usr/lib/atrun, there may be bugs in scheduling
things almost exactly 24 hours into the future.
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:57 PM.