The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
30 14 * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 1 day at 2:30 pm.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a scheduled task that is typically executed automatically at a predetermined time or interval. Cron jobs are commonly used to perform system maintenance or administrative tasks, such as backing up data or generating reports.
A crontab is a file that contains commands to be run at specified times. The crontab file is typically edited using the crontab command, which can be used to list, edit, or delete the contents of the file.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 1 day at 2:30 pm“:
FUN FACT: If you want to edit your personal crontab, just type: “crontab -e” at the command prompt..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 1 day at 2:30 pm for several reasons, including:
- A daily backup of a user’s home directory
- Running a daily scan for malware
- Generating a report of system usage statistics
- Updating a user’s crontab file
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 8 days
- every 6 days
- every 9 days
- every 5 days
- every 8 days at 9:00 pm
- every 6 days at 2:00 am
- every 8 days at 12:30 pm
FUN FACT: When troubleshooting issues with cron jobs, it can be helpful to run them manually from the command line – this will allow you to see any error messages that might be generated..
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If you are looking for cron jobs that run at certain minutes, hours, days, weekdays, or months, or if you are looking for miscellaneous cron jobs, then check out our relevant sections, or visit our cron job cheat sheet for a list of hundreds of popular cron jobs.