setting a cron job

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Mon Mar 10 08:16:34 UTC 2008


Jamie Griffin wrote:
> Hi
> I also wanted to ask how i can set a cron job to poll mail at, say, 5
> minute intervals.
> I found an article which says to use 'crontab -e' and add an
> appropriate line to a text file. However, when i tried this i had a
> strange error message so aborted the process. I wasn't sure if the
> given method was for another linux distribution or not.
> does anyone know the best way to do this?

For future reference, there is man page that describes what you can put
in a crontab file. You can get it by typing:

	man 5 crontab

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