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Beginner introduction to job scheduling with cron

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This very short explanation of crontab and cron jobs is probably appropriate to the task. Cron is pretty simple to use, yet expensive scheduling packages sell regularly to IT shops. Those packages, of course, can also use cron...
Like most Linux commands, there are any number of explanations for the name "crontab" -- the one I prefer is c(h)ronological table. To begin using it, type crontab -e to invoke a text editor on the file. By default crontab -e uses vi. To change the default editor to, say, pico, add to your .profile the line:

export VISUAL=pico
 read more | mail this link | score:8508 | -Ray, August 23, 2005
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