Gajus Gajus - 6 months ago 18
Linux Question

How to setup cron to run a file just once at a specific time in future?

How to setup cron to run a file just once at a specific time in future? One of the alternatives is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At_%28Unix%29 but it is by far not accessible to all users on standard hosting plans. Therefore I was wondering whether there is way to do it using

cron
?

Answer

Try this out to execute a command on 30th March 2011 at midnight:

0 0 30 3 ? 2011  /command

WARNING: As noted in comments, the year column is not supported in standard/default implementations of cron. Please refer to TomOnTime answer below, for a proper way to run a script at a specific time in the future.

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