crontab

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Etymology[edit]

cron (name of the system program that handles these tasks; from Ancient Greek χρόνος (khrónos)) + shortening of table.

Noun[edit]

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crontab (plural crontabs)

  1. (computing, Unix) A table of commands to be executed periodically.
    • 2008, Michael Lucas, Absolute FreeBSD: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD
      The purpose of /etc/crontab is different from that of individual users' crontabs. With /etc/crontab, root may specify which user will run a particular command.