How to Start Restart and Stop The Cron or Crond Service on Linux

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How do I start, restart and stop the cron service under a Linux / BSD / UNIX-like operating systems using command prompt or terminal ?

Cron (crond) daemon or service is use to execute scheduled commands or scripts. cron wakes up every minute, examining all stored crontabs, checking each command to see if it should be run in the current minute.

Commands for RHEL/Fedora/CentOS/Scientific Linux user

If you are using Redhat (RHEL)/Fedora/CentOS Linux use the following commands.

Task: Start cron service

To start the cron service, use:

OR RHEL/CentOS 5.x/6.x user:

OR RHEL/Centos Linux 7.x user

Task: Stop cron service

To stop the cron service, use:

OR RHEL/CentOS 5.x/6.x user:

OR RHEL/Centos Linux 7.x user:

Task: Restart cron service

To restart the cron service, use:

OR RHEL/CentOS 5.x/6.x user:

OR RHEL/Centos Linux 7.x user:

Commands for Ubuntu/Mint/Debian based Linux distro
If you are using Debian or Ubuntu or Mint Linux the following commands.

Task: Debian Start cron service

To start the cron service, use:

OR

OR

Task: Debian Stop cron service
To stop the cron service, use:

OR

OR

Task: Debian Restart cron service

To restart the cron service, use:

OR

OR

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:

You can use a text based GUI tool called ntsysv to enable crond service:

If you are using Debian or Ubuntu Linux use the following commands to ensure that the service remains enabled after a reboot:

OR

You can use command line tool update-rc.d:

OR

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