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Linux and Unix Shell Programming by David Tansley

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3.5. Conclusion

The tools that we have discussed in this chapter are primarily for running jobs unattended. There are times when you may have to run intensive updates against large files, or carry out complex finds, which are best done out of peak work hours when the system is not so busy.

Creating scripts that clean up logs or do specific application work every night can be submitted then forgotten about; all you have to do is check the script logs. If you look after a system, then cron and the other tools can make your life a lot easier in the administration role.

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