How to use CRON.NLM

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How to use CRON.NLM


Novell NetWare 6.0

Novell NetWare 5.x

Novell NetWare 4.11


CRON.NLM is adapted from the well-known Unix clock daemon. Cron runs all day, spending most of its time asleep. Once a minute it wakes up and reads SYS:\ETC\CRONTAB. Any commands scheduled in CRONTAB matching the current date and time are executed.

Cron records all actions in the log file SYS:\ETC\CRONLOG.

Each crontab entry has six fields, each separated by tabs or spaces:

   minute hour day-of-month month day-of-week command

Each entry is checked in turn, and any entry matching the current time is executed. The entry * matches anything. A pound sign (#) is a comment. Valid values are:
    day-of-week(0-6) Note: week starts with 0=Sunday

         #Min Hr Dat Mo Day Command

         #print time every minute
         * * * * * time

         #print volumes on the hour
         0 * * * * volumes

         #do backup Mon-Fri at 0430
         30 4 * * 1-5 load sbackup

         #Start Oracle database every morning at 7:00 a.m.
         #Stop Oracle database every Sunday at 7:45 p.m.
         0 7 * * * orastart
         45 19 * * 0 orastop

         #Mon, Wed, Fri at 1930 down server
         30 19 * * 1,3,5 down

         #Xmas morning at 0900 only
         0 9 25 12 * load sing


CRON is a useful scheduling tool for NetWare.

Copy CRON.NLM to the SYS:\SYSTEM directory on your server.

For NetWare 3.x:
  Copy CRON.MSG to the SYS:\SYSTEM directory on your server.

  NOTE: You MUST have CLIB.NLM and AFTER311.NLM from LIB312D.EXE

For  NetWare 4.x and NetWare 5.x and NetWare 6:

  For example, if you have the English message file you would

LOAD CRON [logfile size]

Logfile size specifies the size the logfile will reach before restarting. This keeps the logfile from getting too large and crashing the SYS volume. The default is 5 MB (5000000).


 This utility helps system administrators. It is provided free of charge as a courtesy, and therefore, is not a Novell supported product.

 For more advanced scheduling capabilities on a NetWare server you can purchase third-party scheduling utilities.For more information refer to the following web pages:

Novell does not support nor endorse these utilities.

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