Setting Up A Cron Job On The Raspberry Pi
Cron jobs are an easy way to schedule a script or program to run at specific dates and times in regular recurring cycles. These can be used for server maintenance tasks and scheduled backups, right out to real world applications for things like turning on or off lights and other automation. In this tutorial we will go through the steps of setting up a cron job on a Raspberry Pi along with some of the basic configuration options.
There are a lot of different operating systems out there for the Raspberry Pi, so we are going to focus on the most popular: Raspbian. We are using the version dated: 2019-7-10 (Pi 4 Compatible) available from the Raspberry Pi Foundations’ Download Page. You don’t need to use the Raspberry Pi 4, any Raspberry Pi will do. However, deviating from the recommended operating system version may result in different / additional steps so if you are very new to this, we recommend following the tutorial exactly.
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