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May 17th, 2011, 05:15 AM
Hi people,

I am new to shell programming so I may need some help. I have a C program that can run from the command line like this:

$ checkfiles filelist.txt

checkfiles is a program that can monitor certain files in filelist.txt

Now I want to write a shell script that can run this program at a specified time or frequency. Can somebody show me how to do it? Thanks :)

Some Penguin
May 17th, 2011, 06:45 AM
Read the 'cron' manual page. cron is all about running specified commands according to a schedule.

May 17th, 2011, 06:40 PM
Hi Penguin, can we do something without having to resort to 'cron'. I am a shell scripting novice so I just want to use some basic tools. Thanks.

May 17th, 2011, 10:01 PM
Cron is a basic tool. Try this quick start:


There used to be a GUI tool in the repositories for setting up cron jobs but I don't remember what it was called.

May 18th, 2011, 07:03 AM
Hi Mr. Senior! I got you, man. My script is working now. Thank you all for your help! :)