While tooting on some of my user fellow comments I found out this question quite intrinsic in nature.


I want to create a cron job which executes daiy at assigned time and it restart the ubuntu server.

I try to add reboot only in cron, but it is not working, whereas it works when I try to execute it from CLI.

Please advise, what command should I add in cron, so that it reboot the server daily at specific time.

Best possible solution:

You need to run the following command:

/sbin/shutdown -r now

with root pirviliges. The way to do it is to use root’s crontab, not your user crontab. A sudo before the usual crontab command does that:

sudo crontab -e

Tip: You can switch the shell’s standard editor for things like crontab and visudo with sudo update-alternatives --config editor and then select the editor of your choice.

Editing the crontab you should add the following line to your file:

# For more information see the manual pages of crontab(5) and cron(8)
# m h  dom mon dow   command  

@daily root /sbin/shutdown -r now

Here is a shortcut for every day at midnight (equivalent to “0 0 * * *”).

By Akash Angle

I am a Full time Linux user who has quit using Windows for unknown reasons, making my life truly open source.

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