Strangely, one of the earliest things I learned in unix computing was
-e. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say, the reason I learned to
vim in the first place, was so I could fire off automated jobs in
while I slept (Don’t ask. Mine was a complex childhood. :-) ).
I've never been a fan of Apple's
launchd replacement on the OSX operating
cron has its shortcoming to be sure, but it's unix-y, simple, and let's face
it... gets things done, plus, it works on millions of systems worldwide. While
I get that Apple wanted to replace the historical soup that was
other things), I've always felt
launchd was painful. Admittedly, this might
just be because I've always found
cron so unbelievably fit-for-purpose when
you actually know how to use it.