The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
30 8 */6 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 6 days at 8:30 am.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a scheduled task that is typically executed automatically at a predetermined time or interval. Cron jobs are commonly used to perform system maintenance or administrative tasks, such as backing up data or generating reports.
A crontab is a file that contains commands to be run at specified times. The crontab file is typically edited using the crontab command, which can be used to list, edit, or delete the contents of the file.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 6 days at 8:30 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..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 6 days at 8:30 am for several reasons, including:
- Run a backup of all user data every 6 days
- Delete any temporary files that are older than 6 days
- Send a notification to the administrator if the system has not been backed up in 6 days
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 7 days
- every 6 days
- every 4 days
- every 2 days
- every 5 days at 6:00 pm
- every 8 days at 9:30 am
- every 3 days at 2:30 am
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are named after the Greek god of time, Chronos – so now you know where the name comes from!.
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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.