'at' command syntax

tk fwd at gothschlampen.com
Fri Apr 30 17:13:57 UTC 2010

On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 09:52:26AM -0700, Drew Tomlinson wrote:

Hi Drew,

at reads its job from standard input, so basically you have to

$ echo '$yourcommand' | at noon

An alternative is to save you command in a small text file, and either

$ cat $file | at noon


$ at -f $file noon

Hope this helps


> I'm am unable to figure out the proper syntax of the 'at' command.  I've 
> read the man page over and over.  I've attempted Google searches but 
> there is a lot of  'at' in the world.  Can someone please point out 
> what's wrong with this syntax?
> at noon '/usr/local/bin/curl -u user:pass -d status="New products added 
> to catalog. Check out the demo videos! - http://bit.ly/7dtLny" 
> https://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml'
> I've tried various ways of specifying time but always get "at: 
> incomplete time".  However if I just enter 'at noon', then I am in an 
> interactive mode where I can paste the command, end with ctrl-D, and my 
> job gets scheduled.  What am I missing?
> Thanks,
> Drew
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