setup cron job to copy files

Posted on 2008-11-10
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sorry i am very new to linux but need to copy files from one directory to another  every other day @ 1830

the cp command i have work out is

cp -f /var/www/html/admin/modules/core/etc/* /home/support

how do i create a cron to do this
Question by:James Murrell
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to create a cron job you need to type

contab -e


have to give time when you want to copy .

0 22 * * 0 cp -f /var/www/html/admin/modules/core/etc/* /home/support

it wil copy your files at 10  pm every day

just chagne the type to test as your need

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omarfarid earned 2000 total points
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to add a crontab job, run

export EDITOR
crontab -e

the above will give you temp file to edit using vi editor (with your current crontab jobs, if any)

add line similar to

30 18 */2 * * /usr/bin/cp -f /var/www/html/admin/modules/core/etc/* /home/support

save and quit
add the line t
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by:James Murrell
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add the line t ???
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sorry, it is typo (cut and paste problem)
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i just realized my answer was not fully correct because i didnot add /usr/bin before cp

anyway, just a quick add: if you use /usr/bin cp -f  : it might not work because some time cp command is attached with only /bin directory.

to find out where is cp : whereis cp  

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by:James Murrell
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cheers that was a life saver
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by:Deepak Kosaraju
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set the cron job under /etc/crontab as
30 18 */2 * *  /bin/cp -f /var/www/html/admin/modules/core/etc/* /home/support

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