View Full Version : [ubuntu] Creating crons from java/jsp

January 26th, 2009, 12:26 PM

I was wondering if it was possible to create a cron tab (which would then call a java applet at a specific time) from within a java class or JSP page running on Ubuntu. Without going into too much detail, I have a program where a user can schedule an event, and when that time has been reached, that event starts up.

Any suggestions for scheduling would be most welcome, though the easier to implement, the better, as I am in a bit of a time crunch.;)


January 27th, 2009, 04:34 AM
Crontab and the way to schedule tasks was just brought up in this thread:


Much of it applies to what you are trying.

January 28th, 2009, 04:18 AM
Thanks! I knew about crontab, but actually the problem is how do I make cron jobs from Java?

January 28th, 2009, 01:36 PM
From this site:


I obtained the following:

If you are trying to do this from a script,
1. dump the content of the existing crontab to a file
# crontab > /tmp/dump
2. echo "your lines" >> to the corntab file
# echo " 00 1 * * * /monitor_file_system 2>/dev/null" >> /tmp/dump
3. import the new crontab
# crontab /tmp/dump

If you can do file manipulation in java, then you can approximate those steps.