The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 20 */6 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 6 days at 8:00 pm.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a time-based task that is set to run at a specific interval. For example, a cron job could be set to run every day at midnight in order to update a database or send out nightly emails. Cron jobs are typically used for maintenance tasks that need to be performed regularly.
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 6 days at 8:00 pm“:
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are stored in a file called “crontab”, which is short for “cron table”..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 6 days at 8:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- Backup a file every 6 days
- Send an email to the administrator every 6 days
- Run a script every 6 days
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 7 days
- every 6 days
- every 9 days
- every 3 days
- every 1 day
- every 5 days at 3:00 am
- every 5 days at 4:00 am
- every 9 days at 9:00 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.