Cron Job Reminders

Lately I have found that I need a better system of reminding myself about time sensitive tasks. So after some searching and testing, I have found this solution. The solution is a Cron Job with the notify-send tool. This is particularly useful using Gnome 3.

First run the command crontab -e to in a terminal to edit your cron jobs.

You should now be using VI to edit your Cron Jobs.

Press you are now in insert mode

Then add a line similar to the one below.

0-30/10 13 * * 1-5 DISPLAY=:0.0 notify-send Test “Hello”

The above line adds a notification entitled Test with the message Hello.  It also starts notifying you ever 10 minutes from 1:00PM to 1:30PM daily.  Just delete the line if you do not want it to continue.

Then save and exit, your VI session. Press Esc then type :wq and press Enter.

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