Thursday, November 3, 2011

Install Crontab on Cent OS 5

Crontab would not be installed by default on CentOS 5 custom installation, as happened with my new server. So to install cron you would do a yum search cron and you are not quiet sure what to install.

To install crontab on centos

yum install -y vixie-cron.x86_64

Vixie cron is the cron software on CentOS 5.

The Vixie cron daemon for executing specified programs at set times.

Now you should be able to do crontab -e to add your cron.

Starting crontab

sudo /etc/init.d/crond start

Now the cron tasks should be executed at the specified times.