(From Anachronism + cron) A daemon that runs as a supplement to Cron. The difference between Anacron and Cron is that Anacron doesn't assume the machine is always up; it executes commands that were supposed to be run during the downtime when machine comes up again.

Great program to have in Linux if you have a habit of keeping the machine off during the night...

Anacron was written by Christian Schwartz and it was later rewritten by Itai Tzur.

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