FreeBSD/OS X: Periodic…

October 22, 2007 § Leave a comment

What is it?

It is the equivalent of cron job on many Linux distros. It performs auto executable scripts given the following  intervals: daily, weekly, or monthly.

Where is it located?

There are 2 places that you need to know:

  1. /etc/periodic.conf
  2. And, specific periodical scripts, usually under /etc/periodic/{x}, where x is daily, weekly, or monthly

What can you do with this script?

This is the complete list from


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