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    Default Finding the cron schedule.

    How do I use Terminal to see when cron is scheduled to run?
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    How the system-provided cron jobs are managed was changed with 10.3, by the way. Without doing some research, I can't answer for 10.2 (but I can do the research easily if you need it!).

    In 10.3,
    cat /etc/crontab
    to see the system-provided standard maintenance entries. These "periodic" scripts are run from the /etc/periodic directory, which you can inspect. It has three subdirectories (daily, weekly, monthly) with scripts inside each which are run in sort-order at the trigger-times specified in the /etc/crontab file.

    You can also create your own, individual crontab files to run as yourself rather than as the root user. If you need help with formatting the tables, let me know (start with "man 5 crontab").

    By the way, the cron daemon, itself, wakes up each minute to see if it has any jobs to start on behalf of anyone on the system.

    Jazzbo

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    thanks Jazz, that's exactly what I was looking for.
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