jarlath @ Ubuntuforums has created a nice Dropbox script which closes Dropbox after the synchronization finishes.
Most Linux/Unix veterans use cron to schedule tasks on their machines and it is a very powerful utility for what it does.
The problem with cron is that it's way to hard and cryptic to use for the newbies / average Linux user. For them, there is an easier alternative to get things done.
Periodic schedulers come in many shapes and sizes but one constant is cron, the scheduling daemon that will run programs and scripts at arbitrary times or intervals. A number of different cron implementations exist: although vixie-cron may be the most popular, there are other similar programs such as dcron, fcron, anacron, and others. Each cron implementation typically adheres to the same standards of defining cron jobs by using a configuration file called a crontab with a certain layout:
Yesterday I mainly worked on some PHP backup scripts [not very exciting, but necessary.] The scripts are run at regular intervals and perform various data backups across numerous domains. To accomplish this I set-up some cron jobs that will automatically execute the scripts at set intervals.
This is not the first time that I've had to set-up cron jobs [I've got several that date back a few years.] I think that having the ability to set-up scheduled tasks is really quite important. Therefore I thought I'd blog about it for future reference.