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Cron Jobs

Cron jobs are one of the most important features of SlickStack, and really is what powers most of our philosophy and functionality. The critical thing to understand is that when you install and maintain a SlickStack server, you should never edit or modify the root crontab because it is arguably the most crucial file that ensures everything runs smoothly.

If you’re coming from an Ubuntu sysadmin background, you might have done sudo crontab -e to jump into the root crontab and add a few cron tasks there, exit and save the file, and never really thought about it again (unless your task is failing to run properly). But this is to be avoided with SlickStack, because for stability reasons we hardcode the contents of /var/spool/cron/crontabs/root to have only one purpose: to call the scheduled cron job files, which in turn are also hardcoded.

To be updated soon…

About the Author

Jesse Nickles

Jesse is the lead developer for the SlickStack project and also for HoverCraft, the accompanying free WordPress theme. He has been customizing WordPress for both personal websites and SEO clients for over 15+ years, with a focus on simplicity and longevity.


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