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Scheduled tasks:

minutes hour dayofmonth month dayofweek user command

* * * * * root everyminute
*/5 * * * * root every5minutes (only works on linux, aix needs 0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55)
1 * * * * root everyhour
1 1 * * * root everyday
1 1 * * 0 root everyweek (0=Sunday)
1 1 1 * * root everymonth

In the personal crontab files you need to leave the user out:

* * * * * everyminute


To edit a user's crontab enter the command:

crontab -e

To view your crontab file enter the command:

crontab -l

To remove all your crontab jobs enter the command:

crontab -r 

Cron Files



Cron itself:


Cron logfile on solaris:


Cron logfile on solaris:


Cron Security

CRON users: To allow root only:

  • remove /var/adm/cron/cron.deny & /var/adm/cron/cron.allow

To allow anyone to use it:

  • touch cron.deny if it does not exist.

To explicitly allow a user and no one else except root:

  • touch cron.allow & put user ID in it.

To explicitly deny a user:

  • touch cron.deny & put user ID in it.
Note: On Solaris 10 these files are located at /etc/cron.d/

Note: On Red Hat EL 5.5 these files are located at /etc

Cron Editor

Cron uses the editor you want. To make sure it is the one you want use the EDITOR variable:

export EDITOR=vi
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cron.txt · Last modified: 2021/09/23 22:24 (external edit)