The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
30 10 */5 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 5 days at 10:30 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 jobs are commonly used to automate system maintenance or administration tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.
Crontab is a file that contains instructions for the cron daemon. The cron daemon is a program that runs in the background and executes tasks at specified times. The crontab file is used to specify which tasks are to be run and when they are to be run.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 5 days at 10:30 am“:
FUN FACT: If you need to delete a cron job, simply remove the corresponding line from the crontab file and save your changes..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 5 days at 10:30 am for several reasons, including:
- Sending out a daily weather report
- Generating a report of system usage statistics
- Backing up user data
- Checking for updates to software dependencies
- Running a nightly malware scan
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 7 days
- every 4 days
- every 10 days
- every 6 days
- every 3 days at 2:00 pm
- every 7 days at 9:00 am
- every 1 day at 8:30 am
FUN FACT: Each user on a system can have their own crontab, and commands in them will be executed as that user..
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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.