Aug 18, 2011
tom

When does `cron.daily` run?

Question

When do entries in cron.daily (and .weekly and .hourly) run, and is it configurable?

I haven’t found a definitive answer to this, and am hoping there is one.

I’m running RHEL5 and CentOS 4, but for other distros/platforms would be great, too.

Answer

For the distributions you mention:

On CentOS 5.4 (Should be same for RHEL5)

grep run-parts /etc/crontab01 * * * * root run-parts /etc/cron.hourly
02 4 * * * root run-parts /etc/cron.daily
22 4 * * 0 root run-parts /etc/cron.weekly
42 4 1 * * root run-parts /etc/cron.monthly

So cron.daily runs at 04:02am.

Same on CentOS 4.8

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