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cron

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(evolution)
A time unit equal to 106 years; used in reference to evolutionary processes.
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cron

(operating system)
The Unix clock daemon that executes commands at specified dates and times according to instructions in a "crontab" file.

Unix manual page: cron(8).
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cron

A Unix utility (Unix daemon) that executes commands in a "crontab" file at a specified time and date. Cron is used to schedule such functions as backup and maintenance procedures, often called "cronjobs."
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Every administrator admits the importance of it, though this doesn't hold back a vast majority from using manual scripts and CRON jobs to centralise log collection.
Seymour, CT, May 28, 2013 --(PR.com)-- PushMon.com, a SaaS or “Software as a Service” monitoring application recently announced the release of its new and enhanced features for monitoring scripts, cron jobs and batches.
Now, interested users who want to free their hands from monitoring their cron jobs and scripts can directly sign up and create PushMon URLs.
Many of the automatic jobs that allow CORAL administration are created as cron jobs, which only function in the Linux OS.
The new release features a number of improvements such as support for IBM DB2 environments and utilities for simplifying the migration of existing Cron jobs from Unix and Linux platforms.
Unlike existing hosted monitoring systems which can only monitor public facing services, PushMon is designed to receive signals from websites, internal applications, scripts, cron jobs and batches.
PushMon is a product released from a research and development program and many monitoring-related experiences, where the team wanted to find a simple solution for monitoring batches, cron jobs, functional tests and internet connectivity.
Second, it gives us the flexibility to run software locally doing tasks that we might not otherwise be able to do, such as cron jobs that parse logs, data files, etc.
Secure Shell (SSH) is supported, as are Password-Protected Directories, SSL Management, SPI Firewall, DNS Management, Web-Based File Management, Cron Jobs, Backup Management and eCommerce.