Enable crond for scheduled actions

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Enable crond for scheduled actions

Postby OuTTaRiCe » Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:17 pm

The following steps will enable crond to allow scheduled automation of your devices directly from the wink hub.

1.) Set your timezone. The Wink HUB defaults to UTC, you may want to set this to your local timezone.

Edit /etc/profile and add the following to the file. This example sets Eastern timezone with auto adjust DST.

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export TZ

2.) Create the startup script to startup crond on boot up.

This start script will mkdir the cron directory, copy a custom crontab file from the /database and start /usr/sbin/crond.

create file /etc/init.d/S62cron

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case "${1}" in
      echo -n "Starting crond..."
      mkdir -p /var/spool/cron/crontabs
      cp /database/crontab.root /var/spool/cron/crontabs/root

      echo -n "Stopping crond..."
      killall crond

      ${0} stop
      sleep 1
      ${0} start

      echo "Usage: $0 [start|stop|restart]"

Make sure to set permission of the file.

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chmod 755 /etc/init.d/S62cron

3.) Sample /database/crontab.root file.

This example will turn my light on 100% at 6pm, Dim the light at 11pm (as a nightlight), Turns off light at 5am.

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00 18 * * * /usr/sbin/aprontest -m1 -t2 -u -v255;/usr/sbin/aprontest -m1 -t1 -u -vON
00 23 * * * /usr/sbin/aprontest -m1 -t2 -u -v1
00 05 * * * /usr/sbin/aprontest -m1 -t1 -u -vOFF

4.) Start the crond and you are good to go.

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/etc/init.d/S62cron start

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