batch -- execute commands when the system load permits


batch [-V] [-q queue] [-f file] [-mv] [TIME]


batch reads commands from standard input or a specified file which are to be executed at a later time, using /bin/sh.


-f file

reads the job from file rather than standard input.


sends mail to the user when the job has completed even if there was no output.

-q queue

uses the specified queue. A queue designation consists of a single letter; valid queue designations range from a to z. and A to Z. The a queue is the default for at and the b queue for batch. Queues with higher letters run with increased niceness. The special queue "=" is reserved for jobs which are currently running.


prints the version number to standard error.


shows the time the job will be executed.


The files at.allow and at.deny reside in /etc rather than /usr/lib/cron.