The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 23 */5 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 5 days at 11:00 pm.”
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 typically used for automating tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.
A crontab is a file containing commands and instructions for the cron daemon to execute.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 5 days at 11:00 pm“:
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 5 days at 11:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- To send a reminder email to a group of users every 5 days
- To check for updates to a remote database every 5 days
- To generate a report on system usage every 5 days
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 6 days
- every 1 day
- every 10 days
- every 5 days
- every 2 days
- every 7 days at 11:30 pm
- every 10 days at 9:30 pm
- every 10 days at 12:00 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.