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Re: Please participate in popularity-contest

On Tue, Jul 26, 2005 at 03:12:10PM +0200, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:

> Nothing garanties that cron jobs are run at the right time.  Running
> it a bit later (whenever you boot) is just like it being delayed due
> to excess load. If there are things that shouldn't be run at the wrong
> time we should find them and protect them in the job itself.

Running a job a little later is not a problem. Running a job during work
hours when it was scheduled to run during the night _is_ a problem since
such jobs can (and usually do) hog both memory and I/O bandwidth, making
interactive work difficult.

In such cases not running the job for a day or two is way better than
running it at a time it was not meant to run; not because it causes
damage but because it causes real user inconvenience.


     MTA SZTAKI Computer and Automation Research Institute
                Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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