The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 19 */8 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 8 days at 7:00 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 commonly used to automate system maintenance or administration tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.
Crontab files are stored in the “/etc/cron*” directories on most Linux systems. Each user has their own crontab file, and there is also a system-wide crontab file that can be used to schedule system tasks.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 8 days at 7:00 pm“:
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are named after the Greek god Chronos, who represents time itself..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 8 days at 7:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- Sending out a reminder email to employees about an upcoming company event
- Triggering a backup of a database
- Clearing out old temporary files from a server
- Generating a report on website traffic for the past week
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 9 days
- every 8 days
- every 1 day
- every 7 days
- every 10 days
- every 8 days at 6:00 am
- every 5 days at 4:30 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..
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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.