Running anacron as a user

By default, anacron execute jobs as root.
Anacron jobs can be run as normal user as well.

mkdir -p .anacron/{etc,spool}

cp /etc/anacrontab .anacron/etc

The variables $HOME and $LOGIN are set to root by default in /etc/anacrontab. Adjust their values accordingly.

To make sure that your anacron jobs will be run, add the following line in your $HOME/.profile :

/usr/sbin/anacron -s -t $HOME/.anacron/etc/anacrontab -S $HOME/.anacron/spool

According to anacron’s manpage :

-s : serialize execution of jobs. Anacron will not start a new job before the previous one is finished.
-t : specify the anacrontab instead of using the default one.
-S : specify the spooldir to store timestamps in.

Sources :

Debian’s manpage for anacron

Debian’s manpage for anacrontab

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Anacron for specific user

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