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What are cronjobs?

A cronjob is a Unix command that a program or script runs on a set time. Cronjobs are often used to retrieve e- mail, send e-mail, or to check for updates. The word 'cron' comes from the English chronograph, a kind of stopwatch. L

Tasks with a cronjob

You can compare cronjobs with the taskplanner of Microsoft Windows. Both work exactly the same. Cronjobs are used for actions that would run periodically and who also must be carried out periodically.

When a cronjob is used on a (web)server, most of the time this is to make a back up of a database, or a PHP- or Perl-script. With the web hosting packages from TransIP you can install cronjobs by yourself.

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