The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 16 */8 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 8 days at 4:00 pm.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a task that is scheduled to run at a specified time or interval. Cron jobs are typically used to perform system maintenance or administration tasks, such as backing up data or generating reports.
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 8 days at 4:00 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 8 days at 4:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- A backup script that needs to run every 8 days
- A task that aggregates data from the past week and sends an email report every Monday at 4pm
- A cron job that runs a system update every two weeks
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
FUN FACT: Cron is typically used for things like system maintenance tasks, running backups etc..
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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.