I’m setting up some backup scripts and am using cron to schedule them to run. Usually I run my backup scripts as root and just link a file into /etc/cron.*/ for periodic processing. However in this case I need to run the backup scripts as my user (they’re offsite backup scripts that use rsync to copy data) and not root, so I used crontab -e to edit my crontab. I did a little reading on crontab and learned about the @weekly syntax which I’ve used for the first time today. Now I guess I just wait a week and see that everything is working. :)

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