Scheduling Processes

So far in this chapter, you’ve learned how to execute and manage processes on a Linux system from the shell prompt. However, there will be many occasions when you will need a process to run automatically without any intervention on your part. Backups are a good example. One of the key problems with backups is not that system administrators perform them incorrectly; it’s that they forget to perform them at all! One of the worst things you can do in your backup strategy is to rely on a human being to remember to run them.

Instead, you can configure your Linux system to run programs for you automatically. This removes the human element from the equation and ensures that the specified programs execute regularly and on time. There ...

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