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SYSTEMD.CRON(7)                            systemd.cron                           SYSTEMD.CRON(7)

NAME systemd.cron - systemd cron units
SYNOPSIS cron.target, cron-hourly.timer, cron-hourly.target, cron-hourly.service, cron-daily.timer, cron-daily.target, cron-daily.service, cron-weekly.timer, cron-weekly.target, cron- weekly.service, cron-monthly.timer, cron-monthly.target, cron-monthly.service, cron- update.path, cron-update.service.
DESCRIPTION These units provide cron daemon functionality by running scripts in cron directories. The crontabs are monitored by cron-update.path and are automatically translated by sys‐ temd-crontab-generator(8) .
FILES /etc/cron.hourly Directory for scripts to be executed every hour. /etc/cron.daily Directory for scripts to be executed every day. /etc/cron.weekly Directory for scripts to be executed every week. /etc/cron.monthly Directory for scripts to be executed every month. /etc/cron.d Directory for crontabs to be executed on a custom schedule. The files in this folder must follow the crontab(5) layout. If there exists a timer of the same name + '.timer' in /lib/systemd/system or /etc/systemd/system, this crontab will be ignored to enable a smooth migration to native timers. You can also use this to mask an unneeded crontab provide by a package: ln -s /dev/null /etc/systemd/system/[package].timer
SYSTEM UNITS cron.target The target unit which starts the others. This should be enabled and started to use cron functionality. cron-schedule.timer The timer units which pull the cron-schedule.target units at the appropriate time. Started and stopped by the cron.target unit. These units cannot be controlled manu‐ ally. cron-schedule.target The targets invoke all service units wanted by them, including cron-schedule.ser‐ vice. cron-schedule.service The service units which run scripts in the cron directories. Started and stopped by the cron-schedule.target units. These units cannot be controlled manually. You can use journalctl(1) to view the output of scripts run from these units.
LIMITATIONS This cron replacement only send mails on failure. The log of jobs is saved in systemd journal. Do not use with a cron daemon or anacron, otherwise scripts may be executed mul‐ tiple times. All services are run with Type=oneshot , that means you can't use systemd-cron to launch long lived forking daemons.
EXTENSIONS The generator can optionally turn all crontabs in persistent timers with the PERSIS‐ TENT=true flag, while a regular cron+anacron setup won't catch-up the missed executions of crontabs on boot.
EXAMPLES Start cron units # systemctl start cron.target Start cron units on boot # systemctl enable cron.target View script output # journalctl -u cron-hourly # journalctl -u cron-daily # journalctl -u cron-weekly # journalctl -u cron-monthly Example service file executed every hour [Unit] Description=Update the man db [Service] Nice=19 IOSchedulingClass=2 IOSchedulingPriority=7 ExecStart=/usr/bin/mandb --quiet [Install] WantedBy=cron-hourly.target
NOTES 1. The exact times scripts are executed is determined by the values of the special calen‐ dar events hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly defined by systemd.time(7). 2. run-parts(8) is used to run scripts. Scripts must be executable by root to run.
DIAGNOSTICS With systemd >= 209, you can execute "systemctl list-timers" to have a overview of timers and know when they will elapse.
SEE ALSO systemd(1), systemd.unit(5), systemd.service(5), systemd.target(5), systemd.timer(5), sys‐ temd.time(7), systemd-crontab-generator(8), crontab(5), run-parts(8)
AUTHOR Dwayne Bent
systemd-cron 1.5.3 SYSTEMD.CRON(7)
This manual Reference Other manuals
systemd.cron(7) referred by crontab(5) | systemd-crontab-generator(8)
refer to crontab(5) | journalctl(1) | run-parts(8) | systemd(1) | systemd-crontab-generator(8) | systemd.service(5) | systemd.target(5) | systemd.time(7) | systemd.timer(5) | systemd.unit(5)