anacron

ANACRON(8)                  System Manager's Manual                 ANACRON(8)



NAME
       anacron - anac(h)ronistic daemon to execute scheduled commands

SYNOPSIS
       anacron

DESCRIPTION
       anacron is a cron-like program that doesn't go by time.

       It is useful for jobs, that don't have to run at a certain time, but in
       a certain period. (That's why anacron was called `pe', periodic
       execution, before.)

       By not specifying a certain time when a job has to be executed it is
       possible to use anacron on systems that don't run continously but are
       powered on at different times every day.

       For example, anacron can be used to control the jobs in
       /etc/cron.daily, /etc/cron.weekly, and /etc/cron.monthly on a Debian
       system.

       When anacron is started, it first reads the file /etc/anacrontab. This
       file includes a list of jobs that need to be run regularly. (See manual
       page anacrontab(5) for syntax details.)

FILES
       /etc/anacrontab
              configuration file containing a list of jobs

       /var/spool/anacron
              directory for spool files

       /var/log/anacron
              log file

SEE ALSO
       anacrontab(5), cron(8), /usr/doc/anacron/README

AUTHOR
       Christian Schwarz <C.Schwarz@monet.m.isar.de>



                                22 August 1996                      ANACRON(8)