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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       at,  batch,  atq, atrm - queue, examine or delete jobs for later execution

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       at [-V] [-q queue] [-f file] [-mldbv] TIME
       at -c job [job...]
       atq [-V] [-q queue]
       atrm [-V] job [job...]
       batch [-V] [-q queue] [-f file] [-mv] [TIME]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       at and batch read commands from standard  input	or  a  specified  file
       which are to be executed at a later time, using /bin/sh.

       at      executes commands at a specified time.

       atq     lists  the  user's  pending  jobs, unless the user is the superuser;
 in that case, everybody's jobs are listed.   The	format
	       of  the	output	lines (one for each job) is: Job number, date,
	       hour, job class.

       atrm    deletes jobs, identified by their job number.

       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 atrun.

       At allows fairly complex time  specifications,  extending  the  POSIX.2
       standard.   It  accepts	times of the form 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 MMDDYY or MM/DD/YY or DD.MM.YY.  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 tomorrow
       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 and to run a job at 1am tomorrow, you would do at 1am  tomorrow.

       The  exact  definition  of  the	time  specification  can  be  found in

       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, DISPLAY and _) and  the
       umask  are  retained  from  the time of invocation.  An at - or batch -
       command invoked from a su(1) shell will retain the current userid.  The
       user  will  be  mailed standard error and standard output from his commands,
 if any.  Mail will be sent using the command /usr/sbin/sendmail.
       If at is executed from a su(1) shell, the owner of the login shell will
       receive the mail.

       The superuser may use these commands in any  case.   For  other	users,
       permission  to  use  at	is  determined	by the files /etc/at.allow and

       If the file /etc/at.allow exists, only usernames mentioned  in  it  are
       allowed to use at.

       If  /etc/at.allow  does not exist, /etc/at.deny is checked, every username
 not mentioned in it is then allowed to use at.

       If neither exists, only the superuser is allowed use of at.

       An empty /etc/at.deny means that every user is allowed use  these  commands,
 this is the default configuration.

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

       -V      prints the version number to standard error.

       -q queue
	       uses  the  specified  queue.  A queue designation consists of a
	       single letter; valid queue designations range from a to z.  and
	       A  to Z.  The a queue is the default for at and the b queue for
	       batch.  Queues with higher letters run with increased niceness.
	       The  special queue "=" is reserved for jobs which are currently

       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
       atq is given a specific queue, it will only show jobs pending  in  that

       -m      Send  mail to the user when the job has completed even if there
	       was no output.

       -f file Reads the job from file rather than standard input.

       -l      Is an alias for atq.

       -d      Is an alias for atrm.

       -v      Shows the time the job will be executed.

       Times displayed will be in the format "1997-02-20 14:50"  unless
       the  environment  variable POSIXLY_CORRECT is set; then, it will
       be "Thu Feb 20 14:50:00 1996".

       -c     cats the jobs listed on the command line to standard output.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]


SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       cron(1), nice(1), sh(1), umask(2), atd(8).

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

       The correct operation of batch for Linux depends on the presence
       of a proc- type directory mounted on /proc.

       If the file /var/run/utmp is not available or corrupted,  or  if
       the user is not logged on at the time at is invoked, the mail is
       sent to the userid found in the	environment  variable  LOGNAME.
       If that is undefined or empty, the current userid is assumed.

       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

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       At  was	mostly	written  by  Thomas  Koenig,  ig25@rz.uni-karlsruhe.de.

local				   Nov 1996				 AT(1)
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