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Old 02-10-2011, 03:10 AM   #1
Soji Antony
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/etc/cron.d directory

Can any body tell me when a script in /etc/cron.d directory will be executed?. I know that scripts in cron.daily will be executed daily [ set in /etc/crontab file]???... Cant able to find this directory listed in /etc/crontab file ?????
Old 02-10-2011, 03:44 AM   #2
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From cron man page :

cron also reads /etc/crontab, which is in a slightly different format
(see crontab(5)). Additionally, cron reads the files in /etc/cron.d:
it treats the files in /etc/cron.d as in the same way as the
/etc/crontab file (they follow the special format of that file, i.e.
they include the user field). However, they are independent of
/etc/crontab: they do not, for example, inherit environment variable
settings from it. The intended purpose of this feature is to allow
packages that require finer control of their scheduling than the
/etc/cron.{daily,weekly,monthly} directories to add a crontab file to
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:05 AM   #3
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Thank you so much. It's been really helpful ...


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