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Old 08-08-2016, 02:05 PM   #1
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Crontab question when running a python program from terminal

So I am trying to use crontab in order to have my python program restart every half hour.

Here are my steps:

env EDITOR=nano crontab -e
*/30 * * * * /users/me/folder/ #opens and runs in terminal
crontab -l #shows that the program is there and it is

So what my questions are:
What will this exactly do to the currently running python program in terminal?
Will it bring up terminal and show me the running python program in terminal and then in 30 minutes exit out and reopen the program again?
When exiting out of the program it asks if i'm sure so will crontab override and still exit out of the are you sure?

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Cron runs programs with no console, so you won't get a terminal window unless your python script is creating one and redirecting output to it.

Each invocation of cron is an independent process; there is no connection to any other running program. If your script is already running then there will now be two copies running. You can check with "ps -ef"

If your cron job tries to read console input I think it will get an EOF. You can test what it will do in that case by running in a terminal and typing Ctrl-d at the prompt.


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