Is it possible to skip a scheduled cron job?

Brad De Vries devriesbj
Thu Mar 22 07:50:55 PDT 2007

On 3/21/07, James McDonald <james at> wrote:
>  I have a cron job which runs at x time every week night is there any
> way of skipping one instance of execution?

I have logic in some of my cron scripts that check for the existence
of a user-created lock file.  If that lock file exists, the script
will log/echo it and exit.  That way some users can stop a cron job
from running by simply creating the appropriate file.

If you use similar logic with a skip-file than you can accomplish the
same thing.  Have the script look for a skip-file, if it exists then
log it, remove it and exit.  That way you can put the skip-file out
there and forget about it, it will only cause the next run to be

The above is assuming that this is a sporadic event -- occasionally
you want to skip a run -- and it would not be easily controllable
within the crontab entry.



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