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Discussion on: What do you use Cron jobs for?

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Natalie Martin

On my own personal Linux computer, I mainly use cron to schedule basic desktop experience things: my desktop background changes every 30 minutes and my window manager's color theme changes to a new one every morning. Besides that, I have a twitter bot I created hooked up to cron that tweets every 6 hours.

Most other system maintenance stuff, like trimming log files and such, are handled by services in systemd.