The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 14 */8 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 8 days at 2:00 pm.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
Crontab is a file that contains instructions for the cron daemon, which is a program that executes commands at specified intervals. Crontab files are typically edited with the crontab command, which allows users to create, edit, and delete their own crontab files.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 8 days at 2:00 pm“:
FUN FACT: You can use cron to schedule just about anything!.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 8 days at 2:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- Run a backup of all user data once every two weeks
- Generate reports on server usage for the past two weeks
- Delete temporary files that are more than two weeks old
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 4 days
- every 8 days
- every 5 days
- every 10 days
- every 3 days at 12:30 am
- every 3 days at 9:00 am
- every 2 days at 5:30 pm
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.