Linux Start Restart and Stop The Cron or Crond Service

Task: Start cron service

To start the cron service, use:
# /etc/init.d/crond start

Task: Stop cron service

To stop the cron service, use:
# /etc/init.d/crond stop

Task: Restart cron service

To restart the cron service, use:
# /etc/init.d/crond restart

If you are using Debian or Ubuntu Linux the following commands.

Task: Debian Start cron service

To start the cron service, use:
# /etc/init.d/cron start
OR
$ sudo /etc/init.d/cron start

Task: Debian Stop cron service

To stop the cron service, use:
# /etc/init.d/cron stop
OR
$ sudo /etc/init.d/cron stop

Task: Debian Restart cron service

To restart the cron service, use:
# /etc/init.d/cron restart
OR
$ sudo /etc/init.d/cron restart

Task : Start the cron service at boot time

It is recommended that you start the service at boot time so that job can run w/o problems.

If you are using Redhat (RHEL)/Fedora Core/Cent OS Linux use the following commands to ensure that the service remains enabled after a reboot:
# chkconfig crond on
You can use a text based GUI tool called ntsysv to enable crond service:
# ntsysv

If you are using Debian or Ubuntu Linux use the following commands to ensure that the service remains enabled after a reboot:
# rcconf
OR
$ sudo rcconf
You can use command line tool update-rc.d:
# update-rc.d cron defaults
OR
$ sudo update-rc.d cron defaults

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