Re: Creating a randomized cron entry
On Thu, 15 Dec 2005, Stephen Gran wrote:
> This one time, at band camp, Don Armstrong said:
> > On Thu, 15 Dec 2005, Florian Weimer wrote:
> > > I'd like to create a cron entry which is run once a day, at some
> > > random time. This is necessary because the cron entry will result
> > > in a request over the network, and I want to avoid that all hosts in
> > > a time zone pound the server at the same time.
> > Why not just something like:
> > 0 0 * * * at now + $(( $RANDOM \% 1440 )) minutes [...]
> Because that's a bashism, and some dash user will get upset with you.
So set SHELL in the crontab, or do some portable equivalent.
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