Thanks for your help. I will put the script together and try it tonight when I get home.
I was conserned about it running in the same terminal window because The interface is in Gnome, and I was conserned that if cron started the job, I would not be able to see the program interface on the desktop (maybe I am thinking about this too much
). I thought that if I linked the scripted to a particular terminal session (or xwindows session), the program interface would alway appear on the desktop for the current user.
I suppose I could just kill the job again and restart it from a terminal window when I need to get to the interface. The program logs weather observations every 5 minutes, and then feeds them to www.wunderground.com
. If I miss an update, it is not the end of the world. I just don't want it down for 3 days when I am out of town, and the system runs out of memory.