The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 8 */2 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 2 days at 8:00 am.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a task that is scheduled to run at a specific time or interval. Cron is a Linux utility that enables users to schedule tasks to be executed automatically at a specified time or interval. A cron job is typically used to automate system maintenance or administration tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.
The crontab is a file that contains instructions for the cron daemon. The crontab is typically edited using the crontab command.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 2 days at 8:00 am“:
FUN FACT: If a cron job is not properly configured, it might never execute – so make sure you double-check your settings before setting one up!.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 2 days at 8:00 am for several reasons, including:
- Run a script to update data that changes frequently
- Back up important files
- Send out a daily email report
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 2 days
- every 8 days
- every 5 days
- every 1 day
- every 10 days
- every 7 days
- every 6 days at 2:00 am
- every 5 days at 8:30 am
- every 9 days at 7:30 pm
FUN FACT: If you need to temporarily disable a cron job, you can simply comment out the line in the crontab file that corresponds to that particular task..
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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.