What is cron job help me

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what is cron job?

how can i set on godaddy

in godaddy my package is windows
#cron #job
  • Profile picture of the author chaos69
    Cron job is a scheduled task; you tell it the time(s), day(s), month(s) and so on and also what command it should run.

    You might want to check the godaddy help files for more info;
    What is a Cron Job? - GoDaddy Help Center, Search the GoDaddy Knowledge Base

    Windows doesnt have cron per se; the equivalent i guess would be just that; a 'scheduled task'. Or is it called task scheduler? I dont often use windows so perhaps someone else can confirm. Im pretty sure they should list the equivalent on windows in their help though....
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  • Profile picture of the author jaiganeshv.com
    Still im not clear with cron job.

    Where all can I schedule and use my cron jobs effectively?

    Thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author willemc
    I'm not pretty sure they should list the equivalent on windows in their help though webhosts ...
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  • Profile picture of the author leela9
    Hi,
    Cron is a time-based job scheduler in Unix-like computer operating systems. The name cron comes from the word chronograph (a time-piece).

    Cron enables users to schedule jobs (commands or shell scripts) to run automatically at a certain time or date. It is commonly used to automate system maintenance or administration, though its general purpose nature means that it can be used for other purposes, such as connecting to the Internet and downloading email.

    The equivalent to Unix Cron Job in Microsoft Windows is Windows Scheduler..

    Hope things are clear now..

    More info: cron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Regards,
    Leela
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  • Profile picture of the author bhola badshah
    you can shcedule some tasks or jobs at certain time. for example you want to get email at midnight or want to execute an script doing some task at 10:15am , you can do this via cron jobs. you can set the time and tell cron deamon to execute script on given time. time includes mins, hours, week, day of month, month

    good luck )
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    • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
      Originally Posted by mywebstory View Post

      you can shcedule some tasks or jobs at certain time. for example you want to get email at midnight or want to execute an script doing some task at 10:15am , you can do this via cron jobs. you can set the time and tell cron deamon to execute script on given time. time includes mins, hours, week, day of month, month

      good luck )
      Can you elaborate further on what kind of scripts for instance? How does it help us with our online marketing efforts?

      Has anyone used it before to get us a clear picture of what it can do for us?

      Can I run it from my PC as well or it works only on my hosting account?

      Your help will be much appreciated.

      Thanks a ton for the info.
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      • Profile picture of the author leela9
        Originally Posted by ronakshah View Post

        Can you elaborate further on what kind of scripts for instance? How does it help us with our online marketing efforts?

        Has anyone used it before to get us a clear picture of what it can do for us?

        Can I run it from my PC as well or it works only on my hosting account?

        Your help will be much appreciated.

        Thanks a ton for the info.
        Hi Ronak,
        Let me try to explain in my words the use of CRON jobs..
        You can run CRON job on ANY UNIX COMPUTER.. it can be either your computer or your webhost..

        A CRON job can be a simple shell script or running a BIG PROGRAM..

        Use of a CRON job:
        Suppose you are running a Mailing List or a Newsletter and you want your Newsletter to be mailed to the subscribers say at 2 AM daily, means SOME PROGRAM must run at that time in order to send the mails.. Suppose there is NO CRON JOB like facility, then someone must login to the computer and RUN the PROGRAM at that time.. If we can schedule a CRON job to run the program, it would run automatically even when we are sleeping or partying with friends..

        This only one example.. there can be many others also..

        Hope this make understanding a little better..

        Regards,
        Leela
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      • Profile picture of the author Mr. Enthusiastic
        Originally Posted by ronakshah View Post

        Can you elaborate further on what kind of scripts for instance? How does it help us with our online marketing efforts?
        Well, absolutely anything that can be put into a script can be run automatically on a time schedule you choose, using cron jobs or Windows scheduled tasks.

        Here are some examples:

        While you sleep, all files that were changed on your work computer that day are automatically copied to your backup drive. In addition, any files you put into the "archive" folder are automatically moved to your backup drive, verified as copied perfectly, then deleted from your work computer.

        While you sleep, your web sites and their databases are backed up. You get an email indicating success or failure of the backups.

        While you have lunch, your email account is checked for any new customer service emails. If any such mails arrive, they are printed for you.

        While you have breakfast, your Warrior Forum subscribed threads are checked for any new messages. If there are any new messages, they are downloaded to a text file on your desktop.

        Every day at 3 p.m., all shipping labels you printed that day are marked as sent in your order database.

        Every hour, a check is made for whether you downloaded any new photos from your camera into your Public Photos directory. If so, they are uploaded to your Flickr account.

        Every Sunday night, current project status on all open projects is emailed to each project manager.

        In general, any time you do a task on your computer, you can ask yourself: Would I like to automate this? If so, would I like it to run automatically on a schedule?

        Chris
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