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Automatic event hangout with cron

Create an online only, hangout event

Create a new event with a date far into the future, like the year 2015. Go to the event's options > advanced and enable 'this event is online only' which will create a unique Hangout URI.

Create a cronjob

Create a cronjob on each device to open the web browser Monday-Friday at 12:49pm and open the unique Hangout URI.

Firefox cron example:

# Run Firefox at 12:49 EST each weekday and open hangout URI
49 12 * * 1-5 export DISPLAY=:0 && /usr/bin/firefox 'hangout-uri'

Chromium-browser cron example:

# Run Chromium-browser at 12:49 EST each weekday and open hangout URI
49 12 * * 1-5 export DISPLAY=:0 && /usr/bin/chromium-browser 'hangout-uri'




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