The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
30 17 */9 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 9 days at 5:30 pm.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a time-based task that is typically set up to run automatically at regular intervals. For example, a cron job might be used to send out a daily email report or to back up files every night.
A crontab is a table or list of commands that are scheduled to run at specified times. The commands in a crontab file (also called a “cron table”) are normally executed by the cron daemon, which runs in the background and executes these commands automatically.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 9 days at 5:30 pm“:
FUN FACT: Cron is typically used for things like system maintenance tasks, running backups etc..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 9 days at 5:30 pm for several reasons, including:
- Checking for updates to a software package
- Running a backup script
- Purging old log files
- Generating reports
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 3 days
- every 5 days
- every 7 days
- every 8 days
- every 4 days
- every 7 days at 9:30 am
- every 3 days at 10:00 am
FUN FACT: When editing your crontab, it is important to use a text editor that supports Unix-style line endings (LF), as opposed to Windows-style line endings (CRLF)..
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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.