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Title: Can we disable cron services in desktop?
ID: /2019/07/17/Can-we-disable-cron-services-in-desktop_
Created: July 17, 2019    Edited:  July 18, 2019
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Note: This is for companies with multi-million dollar yearly operating budgets. It would take a week to setup and requires an hour or two after upgrades to audit and even more to incorporate new scripts from an upgrade.

In comments it was mentioned logrotate gets called daily. This is an important part of Ubuntu for keeping log files down to size. If you are so concerned about cron you pull it fro mservice you would have to create your own script which mimicked cron. I’ll call this script crony. You can keep it locked down in a place hackers wouldn’t think to look for it.

Let’s look at the files in /etc/cron.daily:

-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root   311 Feb 19  2014 0anacron*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root   376 Apr  4  2014 apport*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root  1474 Oct 31  2016 apt-compat*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root   314 Nov 26  2015 aptitude*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root   355 Jun  4  2013 bsdmainutils*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root   384 Mar 23  2014 cracklib-runtime*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root  1597 Nov 26  2015 dpkg*
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root    37 Jun  4 01:43 google-chrome -> /opt/google/chrome/cron/google-chrome*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root  7613 Jan 17  2017 google-earth*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root 13944 Mar  4 17:48 google-earth-pro*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root   372 Jan 22  2014 logrotate*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root  1293 Nov  6  2015 man-db*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root   435 Jun 20  2013 mlocate*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root   249 Feb 16  2014 passwd*
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   102 Feb  9  2013 .placeholder
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root  3449 Feb 26  2016 popularity-contest*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root   383 Mar  7  2016 samba*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root   214 Apr  9  2014 update-notifier-common*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root  1046 May 19  2016 upstart*

The script mlocate I don’t even use daily. I have it run every 15 minutes because daily isn’t enough for my liking. the script popularity-contest is kind of like spyware so I wouldn’t call it with crony if I were replacing cron.

I would call all my crony scrips from /etc/rc.local but there are other ways of doing it.

The format would be like this:

$ cat /etc/rc.local

#!/bin/sh -e
# rc.local
# This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel.
# Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other
# value on error.
# In order to enable or disable this script just change the execution
# bits.
# By default this script does nothing.

# Jan 05 2018 - Reload Logitech Unifying Receiver to get Mouse in Power Stats
modprobe -r hid_logitech_dj
modprobe    hid_logitech_dj

# Call crony to mimick cron's duties
# daemonize job   boot delay   sleep interval
crony /etc/cron.daily/mlocate 1m 15m &
crony /etc/cron.daily/logrotate 30m d &
crony /mnt/e/usr/local/bin/daily-backup 5m d &
corny /usr/local/bin/ 1m d &

exit 0

This is what a typical installation has for entries that are already setup in /etc/rc.local along with new crony entries after them. The last two of my crony entries are custom scripts my machine has in /etc/cron.daily


# NAME: crony
# PATH: /usr/local/bin
# DATE: July 17, 2019
# NOTE: For Ask Ubuntu:

logger "$0"

sleep "$2"

while true; do
    # If if parameter 2 is "d" for 1 day interval we can't sleep for a day
    # because laptop may have been suspended. Use 10 minutes to minimize resources
    sleep 10m
    # Check if time to process job again. If not continue


crony script needs more work but you get the general idea. This may or may not be a good project for WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) in which case I may finish it.

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