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Is there any task scheduler for Mac?

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Hello!
Here in India, we have free, unlimited access to the Internet from 2AM to 8AM. So I want to schedule my Mac to wake from sleep at 2AM, get connected to the Internet (through PPOE) and launch my torrent client/download manager/whatever. Then, at 8AM, it should go back to sleep.
On Windows, I could do this with the in-built scheduler, but I don't think Mac OS X has any such application. I couldn't even find any third party applications for the purpose. Can someone help me out, please?
Thank you!
-Aayush Arya
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post #2 of 6
Energy saver for waking up, Automator, or chron for launching the tasks.
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Originally Posted by Hiro View Post

Energy saver for waking up, Automator, or chron for launching the tasks.

Just a note: cron is being phased out and replaced with launchd. It's already classed as depricated in Tiger and will probably be gone in Leopard.

http://developer.apple.com/macosx/launchd.html
http://forums.macosxhints.com/archiv...p/t-44671.html
post #4 of 6
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Guys, I am sorry to say this but I've no clue what you are talking about. I am a newbie to the Mac platform. Could you please be more detailed and simpler?


Edit: Wait! I guess I can set the Mac to wake at 2AM and configure Internet to be connected automatically. And Transmission would already be running. WOW! This was simpler than I thought.
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post #5 of 6

Try Auto Scheduled Tasks for Mac. (well, just google it and you'll find it)

You could use this to schedule any script, program, or document, Apple Script, Automator workflow to run at a time that is most convenient for you. Run any tasks monthly, weekly, daily, hourly..

post #6 of 6
While true support for cron would likely be picked up in HomeBrew or me of the other repositories of open source. Reading up on both launched and cron would be highly advised.

Beyond that you would think that somebody would have a nice GUI for accessing these services.

There maybe other ways to hack a suitable solution. For example calandar and a bit of scripting might do the trick. A bit of python run in background could also manage the connection though constant polling is not energy efficient.

Here are a few threads the original poster might take interest in:
  1. http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-x-operating-system/242466-equivalent-windows-task-scheduler.html
  2. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=294009
  3. http://superuser.com/questions/44849/user-friendly-way-to-schedule-jobs-in-mac-os-
  4. http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=2001020700163714
  5. https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3456511?start=0&tstart=0

Search the net and you will find much more.
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Just a note: cron is being phased out and replaced with launchd. It's already classed as depricated in Tiger and will probably be gone in Leopard.

http://developer.apple.com/macosx/launchd.html
http://forums.macosxhints.com/archiv...p/t-44671.html
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