How To Use Cron to Automate Tasks

Cron is a time-based job scheduling daemon found in Unix-like operating systems, including Linux distributions. These guides provide an overview of how to schedule tasks using cron’s special syntax, and offer a few shortcuts to make job schedules easier to write and understand. Choose your distribution to get started.

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