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Re: Cron or running process?

by freddo411 (Chaplain)
on Apr 28, 2004 at 20:49 UTC ( #348947=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Cron or running process?

Use cron. Cron essentially acts like a running process that fires off things when necessary, (yes, I know that this isn't strictly true...) why reinvent the wheel?

That being said, cron does have a few gotchas:
* Funny things happen when DST kicks in or out (you can search perlmonks for my recent thread on this.)
* Scripts run from cron have a pristine environment, without a normal path env var etc, etc. You must keep this in mind when coding your scripts.

Editing a crontab file to schedule your scripts is not at all difficult. Consult man crontab for details.

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