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Old 05-03-2008, 08:31 PM   #1
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Question I need application scheduling program

I have broadband connection at home. It has got free downloading hours from 2 am to 8 am, so I need some scheduling software in hardy Gnome to do following things in order.

2.15 Am - Wake up from sleep/hibernate
(It will start the internet connection at boot so no problem)
2.16 Am - Start Bit torrent/any application
7.45 Am - Shutdown the PC

Do you know any such software for hardy Gnome.
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If you can do the bit torrent from command line then setting up a cron schedule would do the trick.

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I don't think that the first part is possible. A computer doesn't start itself if it isn't running. You will need to check your computers bios and documentation to see if that is the case. You will probably need to keep the computer running.

You could launch your bit torrent client by putting a link in the Autostart directory. For a graphical client, it may have an option to start it when you start your session in kde or gnome.

You might want to see if it responds to the SIGSTOP and SIGCONT signals. That would allow you to start and stop the program from a scheduled cron job. Sending SIGQUIT will quit the program.

You can add a cron job entry to run "/sbin/shutdown -h now" at the time you want the computer to shutdown.
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Depends on the hardware but many of the newer motherboards have a RTC wake up timer built in to the BIOS. As already posted using will take care running your download and shutting down the computer. I could not find a lot of information on using ACPI to set the time.
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Thanks for the replies. I know that using at we can configure bit torrent to start or stop. But main problem is about Wake up from Hibernate.
In Xp, I used to do that using Auto Power on and shutdown program and even xp built in scheduler has same facility.

I got one simple program to launch program at given time
But do you know any command to wake up from sleep

Even i found command for hibernating in etc/gdm/gdm.conf
sudo pmi action hibernate

So if you are expert please find any command to wake up

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