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Old 08-09-2009, 10:27 PM   #1
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run crontab exclude specific date


I would like to ask if I can run a crontab job to skip a specific date , eg. to skip the crontab job to run on holiday ? thx
 
Old 08-09-2009, 11:22 PM   #2
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You could have a file (e.g. /somewhere/noscript.txt) listing the dates on which you don't want to run the script. e.g.
Code:
2009-10-10
2009-11-02
...
Then, the script called by cron first checks to see if today's date is in noscript.txt, and, if so, exits immediately:
Code:
#!/bin/sh

if [ grep -q `date +%F` /somewhere/noscript.txt ]; then
  exit 0
fi

...
 
Old 08-09-2009, 11:22 PM   #3
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Quote:
I would like to ask if I can run a crontab job to skip a specific date , eg. to skip the crontab job to run on holiday ? thx
Not really. You're best of to write a wrapper script to whatever
you want to run. Have cron attempt to run it every day, and inside the
wrapper-script check for the date you *don't* want to run your job
and exit if it's the current date.

E.g., something like this:
Code:
#!/bin/bash
TODAY=$(date "+%Y%m%d")
if [ "$TODAY" -ne "20091224" ]; then
  run your job
else
  exit 0
fi

Cheers,
Tink

Last edited by Tinkster; 08-09-2009 at 11:25 PM. Reason: beat by a few seconds =D
 
Old 08-10-2009, 01:36 AM   #4
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thx all much.
 
Old 08-10-2009, 07:35 AM   #5
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Holiday dates are different globally, so it wouldn't make sense to make cron more complicated just to take care of that. It would be very error-prone, I guess. Beyond the already suggested wrapper scripts you can also add a single line script directly into the crontab file to run a test condition before launching the real task. A sample crontab entry:
0 0 * * * if [ $(date "+%Y%m%d") -ne "20091224" ]; then echo Non-Holiday; else echo Holiday; fi;

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Last edited by jeromeNP7; 09-04-2009 at 10:21 PM.
 
Old 12-30-2009, 12:53 PM   #6
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isholiday

had same exact problem... wrote a script others could use too:

laptop: cat isholiday
#!/bin/ksh
# Written: 12-30-09 By: AWJurgensen
# Intent: Check if today or supplied date is a holiday
# Usage: isholiday [YYYYMMDD]
# Files: ~/.holidays contains Declared Holidays in YYYYMMDD fmt
# Tip: Useful in crontab to exclude jobs on holidays:
# * * * * * bin/isholiday || bin/runmyjob

HOL=$(echo ~/.holidays)
TODAY=$(date "+%Y%m%d")
DATE=${1:-${TODAY}}

if [ ! -s $HOL ] ; then
echo "$0: Error: $HOL file not found!"
elif [ "$(grep "^$DATE" $HOL)" != "" ] ; then
exit 0
else
exit 1
fi

laptop: cat ~/.holidays
20100101 New years Day
20100118 Martin Luther King Day
20100531 Memorial Day
20100705 Independence day
20100906 Labor Day
20101111 Veterans Day
20101125 Thanksgiving Day
20101225 Christmas
laptop: isholiday 20100101 && echo ishol
ishol
laptop: isholiday 20100102 && echo ishol
laptop:
 
  


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