Automate Your Life With Cron

Project Info
Author: Ben
Difficulty: Easy
Time Invested: 1 Hour

Some basic Linux
knowledge is needed.

In this article, we will be looking once again to lessen the burdens of every day life by automating some of the tasks which take up our precious time. We will be using Cron, a time-based job scheduler in Linux to periodically run scripts to do things we would normally have to do manually. When we are finished, you will wonder how you ever lived a day without it.

Purpose & Overview Of This Project

The goal of this article is to explain how to utilize Cron to schedule jobs and accomplish tasks automatically that you would normally perform manually. We will first look at what Cron is, along with the syntax and definitions for how to use it. Then, we will walk through three real-world examples that will demonstrate how Cron can be used to simplify your life.

While this article does contain some scripts, it is not meant to be an article on scripting or software. Instead, it is meant to demonstrate the usefulness of automating certain tasks with Cron.