Binary package “cron” in ubuntu maverick
process scheduling daemon
The cron daemon is a background process that runs particular programs at
particular times (for example, every minute, day, week or month), as
specific in the in a crontab. By default, users may also create
crontabs of their own so that processes are run on their behalf.
Users may also install crontabs so that processes are run on
their behalf, though this feature can be disabled or restricted to
Output from the commands is usually mailed to the system administrator
(or to the user in question); you should probably install a mail system
as well so that you can receive these messages.
This cron package is configured by default to do some basic daily system
maintenance tasks, such as ensuring creating copying key system files.
Additional maintenance tasks are available on external packages, such as
The lockfile-progs package is recommended as it will prevent
times if something gets jammed.