The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 */5 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 5 days at 12:00 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 jobs are typically used for system maintenance or administration tasks, such as backing up data or updating software.
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, which runs in the background.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 5 days at 12:00 am“:
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 5 days at 12:00 am for several reasons, including:
- A daily backup that needs to be stored for 5 days before being overwritten
- Checking for updates to a software package every 5 days
- Running a script to generate statistics every 5 days
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 4 days
- every 9 days
- every 8 days
- every 2 days
- every 3 days
- every 8 days at 5:00 am
- every 8 days at 3:30 pm
- every 7 days at 2:00 am
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.