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Shell Script to Write Cron

 6:54 pm on Feb 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

I was wondering if it is possible to use a shell script to set up a few crontab's. I only know the most basic telnet procedures.

I want to set up weblog to run everyday in folder 'X'. Then once a week I would like a cron job to wipe out folder 'X' so the weblog files dont get too big.



 7:43 pm on Feb 15, 2001 (gmt 0)

I'm not quite sure what you mean. Sure, you can put a crontab command in a shell script - you can put any valid command you like in one - but I'm not sure if that's what you're asking.

There's some info on crontab here [rt.com] and here [rt.com].


 7:47 pm on Feb 15, 2001 (gmt 0)

Air gives a walk through here [webmasterworld.com].


 7:47 pm on Feb 15, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your response SK.

I use the same scripts in all the sites I do so I want to be able to install all the stuff from a single shell script.

I want Weblog to run everyday at 12 and also once a week I want the folder that contains the weblog reports to be wiped out so it starts fresh again


 8:02 pm on Feb 15, 2001 (gmt 0)

To really clarify I want to SET-UP a cron from a shell script.


 11:51 pm on Feb 19, 2001 (gmt 0)


Once you've got a script that does whatever job you want scheduling, whether it be to delete a folder, run a program, whatever, just create your 'schedule' file as shown in Air's walk-through and put the crontab command in a script ie

crontab schedule

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