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Crontab command to delete itself

David Carr

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  • Putting it all together:
  • I was asked today can you run a cronjob only once. My initial answer was no you cannot as the least you can run a cronjob at is yearly. 

    But using cron commands you can delete a cron after it's been executed, this way the cronjob runs and then deletes itself causing it to only run once, perfect!


    Let's say I want to call a script:


    Now if I want this command to be deleted as soon as its finished:

    First, the command to run, like above. 

    Then use crontab -l to open the crontab.

    grep -v to search the file ie look for the command. 

    Find it with | crontab - to close it out.


    Putting it all together:; crontab -l | grep -v '' | crontab -


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