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           The  file  /etc/anacrontab describes the jobs controlled by anacron(8).
           Its lines can be of three kinds:   job-description  lines,  environment
           assignments, or empty lines.
           Job-description lines are of one of these two forms:
              period  delay  job-identifier  command
              @period_name delay job-identify command
           The  period  is  specified  in  days, the delay in minutes. If the RAN-
           DOM_DELAY environment variable is set, then a random  value  between  0
           and  RANDOM_DELAY  minutes  will  be added to the start up delay of the
           jobs.  For example a RANDOM_DELAY set to 12 would therefore  add,  ran-
           domly,  between  0  and 12 minutes to the user defined delay.  The job-
           identifier can contain any non-blank character, except slashes.  It  is
           used  to  identify the job in Anacron messages, and as the name for the
           job's timestamp file.  The command can be any shell command. The fields
           can  be  seperated by blank spaces or tabs.  The period_name can be set
           to daily, weekly, monthly, yearly or annualy. This will ensure jobs are
           run  once  a  week,  month or year no matter the number of days in this
           Environment assignment lines are of the form:
              VAR = VALUE
           Spaces around VAR are removed.  No  spaces  around  VALUE  are  allowed
           (unless  you  want them to be part of the value).  The assignment takes
           effect from the next line to the end  of  the  file,  or  to  the  next
           assignment    of   the   same   variable.   The   enviroment   variable
           START_HOURS_RANGE sets the time frame, when the job could started.
           Empty lines are either blank lines, line containing  white-space  only,
           or  lines  with  white-space followed by a '#' followed by an arbitrary
           You can continue a line onto the next line by ending it with a '\'.
           In case there is need for having anacron off, then it can  be  done  by
           adding  cron job 0anacron into /etc/cron.hourly/jobs.deny which is part
           of crontabs(4).


           This example shows how to set up the behaviour similar to previous set-
           ting  in  /etc/crontab  which  will start all regular jobs only between
           6:00 and 8:00. There is added RANDOM_DELAY which will be  maximally  30
           minutes.  Jobs  will  be  running in queue. After one finish, then next
           will start.
           The Anacron README file.


           Itai Tzur <>
           Currently   maintained   by   Pascal   Hakim   <pasc@(|redel-
           For Fedora maintained by Marcela Maslanova <>.

    Marcela Maslanova 2009-08-17 ANACRONTAB(5)


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