The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
30 17 */7 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 7 days at 5:30 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.
Crontab files are typically stored in the /etc/crontab file, but they can also be stored in individual user’s home directories. To edit your own crontab file, you can use the command “crontab -e”. This will open up the file in your default text editor.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 7 days at 5:30 pm“:
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are named after the Greek god of time, Chronos – so now you know where the name comes from!.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 7 days at 5:30 pm for several reasons, including:
- Sending out a weekly email to subscribers
- Generating a report of system usage for the past week
- Deleting temporary files that are more than 7 days old
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 3 days
- every 4 days
- every 7 days
- every 5 days
- every 1 day
- every 8 days
- every 1 day at 2:30 pm
- every 9 days at 6:00 pm
FUN FACT: Cron is one of the most powerful tools available on a Linux system – use it wisely!.
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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.