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Print a cron formatted time for 2 minutes in the future (for crontab testing)

Terminal - Print a cron formatted time for 2 minutes in the future (for crontab testing)
crontest () { date '-d +2 minutes' +'%M %k %d %m *'; }
2011-09-16 00:47:24
Functions: date
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Print a cron formatted time for 2 minutes in the future (for crontab testing)

Another function to stick into your .bashrc

This spits out the time two minutes in the future, but already formatted for pasting into your crontab file for testing without any thought required on your part. Frequently things don't work the way you expect inside a crontab job, and you probably want to find out now that your $PATH is completely different inside of cron or other global variables aren't defined. So this will generate a date you can use for testing now, and then later you can change it to run at 5:37 am on a Sunday evening.

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Terminal - Alternatives
crontest () { date +'%M %k %d %m *' |awk 'BEGIN {ORS="\t"} {print $1+2,$2,$3,$4,$5,$6}'; echo $1;}
2015-03-12 19:56:56
User: CoolHand
Functions: awk date echo
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usage = crontest "/path/to/bin"

This version of this function will echo back the entire command so it can be copied/pasted to crontab. Should be able to be automagically appended to crontab with a bit more work. Tested on bash and zsh on linux,freebsd,aix

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Why can't I see the alternatives? I've tried multiple browsers.. :(

Comment by CoolHand 9 weeks and 5 days ago

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