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Date:      Sat, 7 Dec 2013 23:06:17 +0000
From:      dgmm <freebsd01@dgmm.net>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: System reboots ~3am during daily periodic 450.status-security run
Message-ID:  <201312072306.18148.freebsd01@dgmm.net>
In-Reply-To: <20131205134142.3d6ad8d5@gumby.homeunix.com>
References:  <201312012352.01075.freebsd01@dgmm.net> <201312050008.54995.freebsd01@dgmm.net> <20131205134142.3d6ad8d5@gumby.homeunix.com>

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On Thursday 05 December 2013 13:41:42 RW wrote:
> On Thu, 5 Dec 2013 00:08:54 +0000
> 
> dgmm wrote:
> > On Tuesday 03 December 2013 23:55:44 Shane Ambler wrote:
> > > On 03/12/2013 22:14, dgmm wrote:
> > > > On Tuesday 03 December 2013 09:48:04 krad wrote:
> > > >> or you could use the @reboot option, that would mean it always
> > > >> runs at crons start, which may not be what you want,
> > > > 
> > > > Yes, that was my first thought but the overheads at boot time
> > > > might be inconvenient although I'll try it to find out.
> > > 
> > > Or write a rc script to run it at shutdown?
> > 
> > Thanks.  That's the answer I was looking for.  There's no downside.
> 
> Be aware that shutdown runs under a timeout.

Ah, I didn't know that.  Although on reflection it's obvious really.
 
> IIWY I'd install anacron, it a tiny binary, and it's  designed for the
> problem you have. I'll run any number of tasks with arbitrary
> periodicity (in days), so it'll handle weekly and monthly scripts as
> well. It uses locking so you can run it from rc.d, cron or manually
> without having to worry about races. It can run it's tasks with
> staggered delays or serialize them.

Thanks.



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