AT(1) BSD Reference Manual AT(1)
at, batch - queue, examine or delete jobs for later execution
at [-blm] [-f file] [-q queue] -t time_arg at [-blm] [-f file] [-q queue] timespec at -c | -r job [job ...] batch [-m] [-f file] [-q queue] [timespec]
at and batch read commands from standard input or a specified file which are to be executed at a later time, via the user's shell as specified by the SHELL environment variable. If SHELL is not set, the shell in the user's password database entry is used instead. If all else fails, sh(1) will be used. The related programs are as follows: at Executes commands at a specified time. batch Executes commands when system load levels permit. In other words, when the load average drops below 1.5, or the value specified in the invocation of cron(8). The options are as follows: -b An alias for batch. -c Prints the jobs listed on the command line to standard output. -f file Reads the job from file rather than standard input. -l Lists the user's pending jobs, unless the user is the superuser. In that case, all users' jobs are listed. -m Send mail to the user when the job has completed, even if there was no output. -q queue Uses the specified queue. A queue designation consists of a sin- gle letter. Valid queue designations range from a to z and A to Z. The c queue is the default for at and the E queue for batch. Queues with higher letters run with increased niceness. If a job is submitted to a queue designated with an uppercase letter, it is treated as if it had been submitted to batch at that time. If the user specified the -l option and at is given a specific queue, only jobs pending in that queue will be shown. -r Remove the specified job(s) from the at queue. -t time_arg Specify the job time using the format specified by touch(1). The argument should be in the form [[CC]YY]MMDDhhmm[.SS] where each pair of letters represents the following: CC The first two digits of the year (the century). YY The second two digits of the year. MM The month of the year, from 1 to 12. DD the day of the month, from 1 to 31. hh The hour of the day, from 0 to 23. mm The minute of the hour, from 0 to 59. SS The second of the minute, from 0 to 61. If the CC and YY letter pairs are not specified, the values de- fault to the current year. If the SS letter pair is not speci- fied, the value defaults to 0. at allows some moderately complex timespec specifications. It accepts times of the form HHMM or HH:MM to run a job at a specific time of day. (If that time is already past, the next day is assumed.) You may also specify midnight, noon, or teatime (4pm) and you can have a time-of-day suffixed with "AM" or "PM" for running in the morning or the evening. You can also say what day the job will be run, by giving a date in the form - month-name day with an optional year, or giving a date of the form DD.MM.CCYY, DD.MM.YY, MM/DD/CCYY, MM/DD/YY, MMDDCCYY, or MMDDYY. The year may be given as two or four digits. If the year is given as two digits, it is taken to occur as soon as possible in the future, which may be in the next century -- unless it's last year, in which case it's con- sidered to be a typo. The specification of a date must follow the specification of the time of day. You can also give times like ['now'] + count time-units, where the time-units can be minutes, hours, days, or weeks and you can tell at to run the job today by suffixing the time with today and to run the job to- morrow by suffixing the time with tomorrow. For example, to run a job at 4pm three days from now, you would do at 4pm + 3 days. To run a job at 10:00am on July 31, you would do at 10am Jul 31. To run a job at 1am tomorrow, you would do at 1am tomorrow. The at utility also supports the time format used by touch(1) (see the -t option). For both at and batch, commands are read from standard input (or the file specified with the -f option) and executed. The working directory, the environment (except for the variables TERM, TERMCAP, DISPLAY, and _), and the umask are retained from the time of invocation. An at or batch com- mand invoked from a su(1) shell will retain the current user ID. The user will be mailed standard error and standard output from his commands, if any. Mail will be sent using sendmail(8). If at is executed from a su(1) shell, the owner of the login shell will receive the mail. For non-root users, permission to run at is determined by the files /var/cron/at.allow and /var/cron/at.deny. Note: these files must be read- able by group crontab (if they exist). If the file /var/cron/at.allow exists, only usernames mentioned in it are allowed to use at. If /var/cron/at.allow does not exist, /var/cron/at.deny is checked. Every username not mentioned in it is then allowed to use at. If neither exists, only the superuser is allowed to run at. An empty /var/cron/at.deny means that every user is allowed use these commands. This is the default configuration.
/var/cron/atjobs directory containing job files /var/cron/at.allow allow permission control /var/cron/at.deny deny permission control
nice(1), sh(1), touch(1), umask(2), cron(8), sendmail(8)
at was mostly written by Thomas Koenig <email@example.com>. The time parsing routines are by David Parsons <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
at and batch as presently implemented are not suitable when users are competing for resources. If this is the case for your site, you might want to consider another batch system, such as nqs. MirOS BSD #10-current May 13, 2002 2
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