Did you check several threads about cron such as
Copied from a post in that thread:
It would be necessary to check if the Cron package is already installed in the Galileo eglibc image. I’m sure it is not installed by default in the uClibc image, but you can get it from the AlexT repository (Cronie), you can check it here: http://repo.opkg.net/galileo/i586/. If you’re not sure how to download packages from his repository you can check his instructions here http://alextgalileo.altervista.org/package-repo-configuration-instructions.html.
I was also looking for another way to install it and found this https://github.com/sarweshkumar47/Packages-Install-on-Intel-Galileo-Poky-os/tree/master/cron_service_install. You’ll just need to run the cron_install_galileo.sh script and it will download and install Cronie for you.
There you have two options to get Cron running on your board, I would also suggest you to check this thread https://intel-openport-v8.hosted.jivesoftware.com/thread/60751.
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Replying to myself just because I was too curious about installing cronie... here we go...
1) I'm using the latest yocto eglibc image
Intel® Galileo Board microSD Card Linux* Operating System Image
I'm using Intel Galileo (aka Intel Galileo Gen1), but I think the all of this is valid for Intel Galileo Gen2.
2) I do not have my Intel Galileo directly connected to the Internet, so I downloaded
to my laptop and later I used WinSCP to copy (set to binary) the .gz in the yocto filesystem
(/home/root/opkgs/build in my case, you can choose any other)
once you I had the .gz in yocto, just issued (some of them take a while... like minutes...)
tar -xvf cronie-cronie1.5.0.tar
mkdir -p /usr/local/var/spool/cron
cp src/crond /etc/init.d/
update-rc.d crond defaults
you'll need to reboot in order to crond to start
And I think crond is now "up&running", because
root@galileo:~# ps | grep cron
146 root 2508 S /etc/init.d/crond start
217 root 2508 S grep cron
All of this has been "inspired" and adapted from
You can try and let us know your results.