The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 13 */4 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 4 days at 1:00 pm.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a task that is scheduled to run at a specified time or interval. Cron jobs are commonly used to automate system maintenance or administration tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.
A crontab is a file that contains a list of commands that are to be executed at specified times. The commands in the crontab are executed by the cron daemon.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 4 days at 1:00 pm“:
FUN FACT: When editing your crontab, it is important to use a text editor that supports Unix-style line endings (LF), as opposed to Windows-style line endings (CRLF)..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 4 days at 1:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- Checking for updates to a software package and installing them
- Deleting temporary files that are more than 4 days old
- Sending a report of recent activity to a user
- Generating a report of system usage statistics
- Backing up data to another server
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 7 days
- every 2 days
- every 4 days
- every 5 days
- every 10 days at 6:30 am
- every 2 days at 8:30 pm
- every 6 days at 2:30 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!.
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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 crontab cheat sheet for a list of hundreds of popular cron jobs.