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Old 05-17-2007
crontab every 2 minutes, 24 hours and once a week

can someone please check my answers for the crontabs I am making

1. how would I set up a crontab tab executes every 2 minutes each and every day of the week?
answer: 2 * * * * /path/to/ <-- is this correct?

2. how would I set up a crontab that executes every 24 hours at 2am?
answer: 0 2 * * * /path/to/ <-- is this correct?

3. how would I set up a crontab that executes every week on Sunday at 3am?
answer: 0 3 * * 0 /path/to/ <-- this is correct, no?
# 2  
Old 05-17-2007
Is this a homework?
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Old 05-17-2007
no it is for a web game (a free one) that I am making for fun

the first one updates every two minutes -- it calculates the number of resources your country makes per hour and updates every 2 minutes (cash, oil, etc)

the second one compiles each countries stats every 24 hours and enters them into a db to be used to plot graphs/statistics, etc

the 3rd is done weekly which will do the actual graphing of stastics for all players after compiling the last 7 days of statistics to calculate the Hall of Famers for the week

it's a geopolitical game -- based on current events.. it has been fun to make.. I just need to get the crontabs working

can you confirm my crontabs are correct please?
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Old 05-17-2007
Ok, assuming this is not a homework, here is the format of "crontab":
minute  hour  day_of_month  month  day_of_week  <command>

Specifying "*" means every occurence.
You can separate multiple values by comma, example:
if you enter: 1,3,5 in the "hour" parameter, it means you want your
job to run at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 o'clock.
You can also enter ranges using "-" (dash) in between numbers:
7-12 means all acceptable values between 7 and 12, including both.

Last edited by Shell_Life; 05-17-2007 at 12:04 PM..
# 5  
Old 05-17-2007
Hello SHell_Life

seeing that I am 34 years old -- I haven't had "homework" in over a decade! Smilie

I have a crontab currently as:

10 * * * * path/to/file

this executes every 10th minute on the hour -- I wanted it to execute every 10 minutes.

I have read a few tutorials and understand the basics of crontab but I am unable to find examples that execute every 2 minutes.

2 * * * * would execute every 2nd minute after each hour, wouldn't it?
# 6  
Old 05-17-2007
To run every 10 minutes, code it this way:
0,10,20,30,40,50 * * * * <your_command>

# 7  
Old 05-17-2007
I think I found it.. every 2 minutes is:

*/2 * * * * path/to/

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