Originally Posted by Nathanraymond
I have looking on the internet and seen that "cron" command was for using backups. Am I wrong? I am just trying to backup my user directory. I just need to know what command would be best for copying directories? Thanks
is not a "command" really -- at least not in the sense that you would ever type it into a terminal window. It is a process that is launched at startup and runs continuously on a linux machine in order to execute scheduled operations. Of course, you could have found that out by googling 'cron'. The very first result on google is the wikipedia article
which is pretty informative.
While the cron process runs all the time, executing scheduled scripts, it will not back anything up or copy any files unless one of the scheduled scripts that it executes is written to do so.
If you want to copy your user directory to someplace, I would recommend looking around for a script that has already been written and then you can install it as a scheduled operation by editing your user's crontab:
The format of a crontab entry is described in the wikipedia article.