The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
*/17 * * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 17 minutes.”
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 maintenance tasks, such as backing up data or updating software.
A crontab is a file that contains commands to be run at specified times. The crontab file is typically edited using the crontab command, which can be used to list, edit, or delete the contents of the file.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 17 minutes“:
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are automated processes that run on a schedule..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 17 minutes for several reasons, including:
- Checking if a website is up every 17 minutes
- Backing up files every 17 minutes
- Clearing log files every 17 minutes
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 21 minutes
- every 5 minutes
- every 25 minutes
- every 17 minutes
- every 11 minutes
- every 27 minutes
- every minute between 2:00 am and 9:00 pm
- every minute between 8:00 am and 3:00 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.