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crontab

Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: 17 Jan 2007
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NAME

crontab - user crontab file  

SYNOPSIS

/usr/bin/crontab [filename]

/usr/bin/crontab -e [username]

/usr/bin/crontab -l [username]

/usr/bin/crontab -r [username]

/usr/xpg4/bin/crontab [filename]

/usr/xpg4/bin/crontab -e [username]

/usr/xpg4/bin/crontab -l [username]

/usr/xpg4/bin/crontab -r [username]

/usr/xpg6/bin/crontab [filename]

/usr/xpg6/bin/crontab -e [username]

/usr/xpg6/bin/crontab -l [username]

/usr/xpg6/bin/crontab -r [username]

 

DESCRIPTION

The crontab utility manages a user's access with cron (see cron(1M)) by copying, creating, listing, and removing crontab files. If invoked without options, crontab copies the specified file, or the standard input if no file is specified, into a directory that holds all users' crontabs.

If crontab is invoked with filename, this overwrites an existing crontab entry for the user that invokes it.  

crontab Access Control

Users: Access to crontab is allowed:

o if the user's name appears in /etc/cron.d/cron.allow.
o if /etc/cron.d/cron.allow does not exist and the user's name is not in /etc/cron.d/cron.deny.

Users: Access to crontab is denied:

o if /etc/cron.d/cron.allow exists and the user's name is not in it.
o if /etc/cron.d/cron.allow does not exist and user's name is in /etc/cron.d/cron.deny.
o if neither file exists, only a user with the solaris.jobs.user authorization is allowed to submit a job.
o if BSM audit is enabled, the user's shell is not audited and the user is not the crontab owner. This can occur if the user logs in by way of a program, such as some versions of SSH, which does not set audit parameters.

The rules for allow and deny apply to root only if the allow/deny files exist.

The allow/deny files consist of one user name per line.  

crontab Entry Format

A crontab file consists of lines of six fields each. The fields are separated by spaces or tabs. The first five are integer patterns that specify the following:

minute (0-59),
hour (0-23),
day of the month (1-31),
month of the year (1-12),
day of the week (0-6 with 0=Sunday).

Each of these patterns can be either an asterisk (meaning all legal values) or a list of elements separated by commas. An element is either a number or two numbers separated by a minus sign (meaning an inclusive range). Time specified here is interpreted in the timezone of the cron(1M) daemon, which is set system-wide in /etc/default/init. Entries do not use the invoking user's timezone. The specification of days can be made by two fields (day of the month and day of the week). Both are adhered to if specified as a list of elements. See EXAMPLES.

The sixth field of a line in a crontab file is a string that is executed by the shell at the specified times. A percent character in this field (unless escaped by \) is translated to a NEWLINE character.

Only the first line (up to a `%' or end of line) of the command field is executed by the shell. Other lines are made available to the command as standard input. Any blank line or line beginning with a `#' is a comment and is ignored.

The shell is invoked from your $HOME directory with an arg0 of sh. Users who desire to have their .profile executed must explicitly do so in the crontab file. cron supplies a default environment for every shell, defining HOME, LOGNAME, SHELL(=/bin/sh), TZ, and PATH. The default PATH for user cron jobs is /usr/bin; while root cron jobs default to /usr/sbin:/usr/bin. The default PATH can be set in /etc/default/cron (see cron(1M)).

If you do not redirect the standard output and standard error of your commands, any generated output or errors are mailed to you.  

Setting cron Jobs Across Timezones

The timezone of the cron daemon sets the system-wide timezone for cron entries. This, in turn, is by set by default system-wide using /etc/default/init.

If some form of daylight savings or summer/winter time is in effect, then jobs scheduled during the switchover period could be executed once, twice, or not at all.  

OPTIONS

The following options are supported:

-e

Edits a copy of the current user's crontab file, or creates an empty file to edit if crontab does not exist. When editing is complete, the file is installed as the user's crontab file.

The environment variable EDITOR determines which editor is invoked with the -e option. All crontab jobs should be submitted using crontab. Do not add jobs by just editing the crontab file, because cron is not aware of changes made this way.

If all lines in the crontab file are deleted, the old crontab file is restored. The correct way to delete all lines is to remove the crontab file using the -r option.

If username is specified, the specified user's crontab file is edited, rather than the current user's crontab file. This can only be done by root or by a user with the solaris.jobs.admin authorization.

-l

Lists the crontab file for the invoking user. Only root or a user with the solaris.jobs.admin authorization can specify a username following the -l option to list the crontab file of the specified user.

-r

Removes a user's crontab from the crontab directory. Only root or a user with the solaris.jobs.admin authorization can specify a username following the -r option to remove the crontab file of the specified user.

 

EXAMPLES

Example 1 Cleaning up Core Files

This example cleans up core files every weekday morning at 3:15 am:

15 3 * * 1-5 find $HOME-namecore 2>/dev/null | xargs rm-f 

Example 2 Mailing a Birthday Greeting

This example mails a birthday greeting:

0 12 14 2 * mailx john%Happy Birthday!%Time for lunch.

Example 3 Specifying Days of the Month and Week

This example runs a command on the first and fifteenth of each month, as well as on every Monday:

0 0 1,15 * 1

To specify days by only one field, the other field should be set to *. For example:

0 0 * * 1

would run a command only on Mondays.

 

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES

See environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment variables that affect the execution of crontab: LANG, LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE, LC_MESSAGES, and NLSPATH.  

/usr/bin/crontab

EDITOR

Determine the editor to be invoked when the -e option is specified. This is overridden by the VISUAL environmental variable. The default editor is ed(1).

PATH

The search path used to find the default ed utility.

VISUAL

Determine the visual editor to be invoked when the -e option is specified. If VISUAL is not specified, then the environment variable EDITOR is used. If that is not set, the default is ed(1).

 

/usr/xpg4/bin/crontab

EDITOR

Determine the editor to be invoked when the -e option is specified. The default editor is /usr/xpg4/bin/vi(1).

 

/usr/xpg6/bin/crontab

EDITOR

Determine the editor to be invoked when the -e option is specified. The default editor is /usr/xpg6/bin/vi(1).

 

EXIT STATUS

The following exit values are returned:

0

Successful completion.

>0

An error occurred.

 

FILES

/etc/cron.d

main cron directory

/etc/cron.d/cron.allow

list of allowed users

/etc/default/cron

contains cron default settings

/etc/cron.d/cron.deny

list of denied users

/var/cron/log

accounting information

/var/spool/cron/crontabs

spool area for crontab

 

ATTRIBUTES

See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:  

/usr/bin/crontab

ATTRIBUTE TYPEATTRIBUTE VALUE

AvailabilitySUNWcsu

Interface Stability

 

/usr/xpg4/bin/crontab

ATTRIBUTE TYPEATTRIBUTE VALUE

AvailabilitySUNWxcu4

Interface Stability

 

/usr/xpg6/bin/crontab

ATTRIBUTE TYPEATTRIBUTE VALUE

AvailabilitySUNWxcu6

Interface Stability

 

SEE ALSO

atq(1), atrm(1), auths(1), ed(1), sh(1), vi(1), cron(1M), su(1M), auth_attr(4), attributes(5), environ(5), standards(5)  

NOTES

If you inadvertently enter the crontab command with no arguments, do not attempt to get out with Control-d. This removes all entries in your crontab file. Instead, exit with Control-c.

When updating cron, check first for existing crontab entries that can be scheduled close to the time of the update. Such entries can be lost if the update process completes after the scheduled event. This can happen because, when cron is notified by crontab to update the internal view of a user's crontab file, it first removes the user's existing internal crontab and any internal scheduled events. Then it reads the new crontab file and rebuilds the internal crontab and events. This last step takes time, especially with a large crontab file, and can complete after an existing crontab entry is scheduled to run if it is scheduled too close to the update. To be safe, start a new job at least 60 seconds after the current date and time.

If an authorized user other than root modifies another user's crontab file, the resulting behavior can be unpredictable. Instead, the authorized user should first use su(1M) to become superuser to the other user's login before making any changes to the crontab file.


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
crontab Access Control
crontab Entry Format
Setting cron Jobs Across Timezones
OPTIONS
EXAMPLES
ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
/usr/bin/crontab
/usr/xpg4/bin/crontab
/usr/xpg6/bin/crontab
EXIT STATUS
FILES
ATTRIBUTES
/usr/bin/crontab
/usr/xpg4/bin/crontab
/usr/xpg6/bin/crontab
SEE ALSO
NOTES

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