Manpage of CRON (8)
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Section: Cronie Users' Manual (8)
Updated: December 2009Index of "Manpage of CRON (8)"
cron - daemon to execute scheduled commands
should be started from
will return immediately, so you don't need to start it with '&'.
for crontab files which are named after accounts in
The founded crontabs are loaded into memory.
also searches for
and the files in the
directory, which are in a different format (see
examines all stored crontabs, checking each command to see if it should be
run in the current minute. When executing
commands, any output is mailed to the owner of the crontab (or to the user
named in the MAILTO environment variable in the crontab, if such exists).
Job output can also be sent to syslog by using the
There are two ways, how the changes are checked in crontables. The first
is checking the modtime of file and the other is using inotify support.
You can find out which of them are you using, if you check
where is (or isn't) inotify mentioned after start of daemon. The inotify support
is watching for changes in all crontables and touch the disk only in case
that something was changed.
In other case
checks each minute to see if its crontables modtime have changes and reload
those which have changes. There is no need to restart cron after some of the
crontable is modified. The modtime option is used also when inotify couldn't be initialized.
is checking those files or directories:
system crontab is usually for running daily, weekly, monthly jobs.
where are system cronjobs stored for different users.
that's mean spool directory for user crontables.
Note that the
command updates the modtime of the spool directory whenever it changes a
Daylight Saving Time and other time changes
Local time changes of less than three hours, such as those caused
by the start or end of Daylight Saving Time, are handled specially.
This only applies to jobs that run at a specific time and jobs that
are run with a granularity greater than one hour. Jobs that run
more frequently are scheduled normally.
If time has moved forward, those jobs that would have run in the
interval that has been skipped will be run immediately.
Conversely, if time has moved backward, care is taken to avoid running
Time changes of more than 3 hours are considered to be corrections to
the clock or timezone, and the new time is used immediately.
It's possible to use different time zones for cron tables. More could
be found in
PAM Access Control
On Red Hat systems, crond now supports access control with PAM - see
A PAM configuration file for crond is installed in /etc/pam.d/crond.
crond loads the PAM environment from the pam_env module, but these
can be overriden by settings in the appropriate crontab file.
As a special case, the string
will disable sending mail.
This option will direct cron to send job output to the system log using
This is useful if your system has no
or if mail is disabled using
This option allows you to specify a shell command string to use for sending cron mail
output instead of
This command must accept a fully formatted mail message (with headers) on stdin and send it
as a mail message to the recipients specified in the mail headers.
This option changes default behavior causing it to run crond in the foreground. This can be
useful when starting it out of init.
Cron permit any crontab, which user set.
With this option is possible to set debug flags.
Don't set PATH. PATH is instead inherited from the environment.
On receipt of a SIGHUP
, the cron daemon will close and reopen its
log file. This is useful in scripts which rotate and age log files.
Naturally this is not relevant if cron was built to use
files have to be regular files or symlinks to regular files, they must not be executable
or writable by anyone else than the owner.
This requirement can be overridden by using the -p
option on the crond command line.
If inotify support is in use, changes in the symlinked crontabs are not automatically
noticed by the cron daemon. The cron daemon must receive a SIGHUP to reload the crontabs.
This is a limitation of inotify API.
Paul Vixie <vixie[at]isc.org>
Marcela Mašláňová <mmaslano[at]redhat.com>
- Daylight Saving Time and other time changes
- PAM Access Control
- SEE ALSO