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Advanced Oracle Utilities: The Definitive Reference by Rampant TechPress is written by four of the top Oracle database experts (Bert Scalzo, Donald Burleson, and Steve Callan).  The following is an excerpt from the book.

The most important thing to remember is that a crontab entry will execute every time all of its conditions are met.  To take the last entry as an example, any time it is 00 minutes past the hour of 12 on any day of the month and any month of the year and the day of the week is between Monday and Friday inclusive (1-5), this crontab will be executed.


Wildcards will be used in most crontab entries, but care must be taken in using them.  For instance, if a * was mistakenly placed in the minute position of the last crontab example above, the script for every minute of the 12:00 hour would end up running instead of just once at the beginning of the hour.  Someone should not need that many reminders to go to lunch!


As mentioned previously, the day-of-week field accepts either zero or seven as a value for Sunday.  Any of the time/date fields can also contain an asterisk (*) indicating the entire range of values.  Additionally, month and day-of-week fields can contain name values, consisting of the first three letters of the month or day, as indicated in Table 11.3 below.



Valid Entries (case insensitive)

Days of the week

sun, mon, tue, wed, thu, fri, sat


Months of year

jan, feb, mar, apr, may, jun, jul, aug, sep, oct, nov, dec


Table 11.3: Day-of-week/Month-of-year Field Values


When numbers are used, the user can specify a range of values separated by a hyphen or a list of values separated by commas.  In other words, specifying 2-5 in the hour field means 2AM, 3AM, 4AM and 5AM, while specifying 2,5 means only 2AM and 5AM.


How to specify the date and time in the crontab has been covered in detail, but what about the command?  Well, most folks will write shell scripts to execute with their crontab entries but one can actually just execute a native Linux command from the crontab.  Either way, make sure to put the fully qualified path to the command in the crontab.  Crontab options and commands are also covered in Chapter 4 under the subject of server-side utilities.


If the command or script that is called in the crontab typically sends output to the screen, it is best to redirect that output to a log file with the >> symbol so it can be checked later.  Be careful with this as the log files may get rather large over time!


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