a.k.a. cron job

A Unix command for scheduling computer-related jobs to be executed sometime in the future. A cron is normally used to schedule a job that is executed periodically, for example, the NetLingo Word of the Day Email is set up as a cron job to be sent out every morning. It is also a daemon process, meaning that it runs continuously, waiting for specific events to occur.

See also : behind-the-screens  
NetLingo Classification: Net Programming