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RE: [Pyatcron-devel-list] Explanation on the cron timeentries(Was:Some c

From: Julien Olivier
Subject: RE: [Pyatcron-devel-list] Explanation on the cron timeentries(Was:Some comments on Brian code)
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 22:29:51 +0000

> I tried the cron task, and set it up with my schedule looking like this:
> */45 * * * * /bin/mycommand
> I watched my email, and noticed that it is firing the task at the top of
> every hour and at the 45th minute of every hour.  It is NOT, running
> every 45 minutes like I would expect it to.
> I'm starting to think that */n in the minutes column actually means:
> 0-59 and step by n minutes.  And if n = 45 then it would run at 0 and 45
> minutes on every hour (assuming the hour field is *).  And if n = 10
> then it would run at 0,10,20,30,40,50.  So before we just assume that
> */45 means run every 45 minutes, and before we start crafting a GUI
> based on this assumption, we may want to do a little more research into
> it.  Did anyone else try this little experiment?

I did a similar test (*/7) and it seems that you're right. It doesn't
run every 7 minutes. It goes from min 56 to min 0 instead of min 3.

We'll have to re-think about it I guess...

But now I'm going to sleep :)

Julien Olivier <address@hidden>

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