What is a crontab?
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Posted 9/2/07 , edited 9/2/07
So I'm trying to get my blog ( http://www.xanga.com/something_PICASSO ) to automatically give "feed" to Chinalyst http://www.chinalyst.net/, so I put in the RSS site and then it gives you an option of the update interval, how often Chinalyst checks your site to update onto it's own, and it says a crontab required. What's a crontab?!



ok thanks for your help! I just sent them an email, and a mod can delete this thread or something...

sorry if this isn't the right place to put this thread!
Posted 9/2/07
uhm.... what site is that?

why dont u ask an admin on that site?

EDIT:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crontab

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Posted 9/2/07
it's a site that features blogs on China (culture, language, life, etccc.)...

and I'm not really sure how to get in touch with an admin., any ideas?'
yeaa I read that bit on wiki, but does that mean I need to edit something on my blog?
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Posted 9/2/07
um http://www.chinalyst.net/contact
http://www.chinalyst.net/forum

And no double posting please. There is an edit button.
I doubt anyone here can help you better than them. is their site, so contact them.

Edit to below: Thanks mocha
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Basically a crontab runs behind the scenes. You have no control over it at all.

You can use these intructions that are located on wiki:
Generally, the schedules modified by crontab are enacted by a daemon, crond, which runs constantly in the background and checks once a minute to see if any of the scheduled jobs need to be executed. If so, it executes them. These jobs are generally referred to as cron jobs.

To edit the crontab, the command crontab -e, opens the default crontab file with a text editor. Once the user has made the desired changes, saving and quitting that file will automatically enable the jobs. Alternatively, one can first generate a file with the desired configuration, and then specify that file to crontab. The latter is achieved by executing crontab filename

Follow the instructions that I've bolded. It should help you.

Edit: Well you don't have to change it, since it works by itself. Although I recommend going to the links mauz listed above. Those are where the admins are. They should be able to help you since they are the ones in charge and are more experienced.
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