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    Question CRON jobs

    Um, wtf is a CRON job???!!!

    As far as I can tell, it is some kind of self-running script that sits on the server......

    ...in which case I need to know how to make one!

    Um, what language are they in, how do I make one, are they platform-specific, why are they called CRON jobs... thinking about it, does anyone know a good introduction to them anywhere on the web?

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    This doesn't belong in the PHP forum. Ill move you to the other server side language issue forum...
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    oooops! Sorry!

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    My understanding is that CRON jobs are nothing more than shell scripts that are scheduled to execute by the OS. Might be wrong. If you know awk, you should be able to write a CRON job, getting it to run may be a diffent beast tho.

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    CRON is a scheduling service on Unix. The actaul process in normally launched at boot time and it monitors a table of tasks. It's possible to configure a task to execute every time period. This can be configured for every minute, hour, day.

    I've found a tutorial here that explains cron.
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