The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
*/26 * * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 26 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 commonly used to automate system maintenance or administration tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.
Each user has their own crontab file, and the commands in this file are only executed by that particular user. The file contains instructions for the cron daemon. To edit your crontab file, you can use the crontab command.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 26 minutes“:
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are often used to perform regular maintenance tasks, such as running backups or sending out reports..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 26 minutes for several reasons, including:
- Checking for changes to a file every 26 minutes
- Running a backup every 26 minutes
- Sending an email every 26 minutes
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 15 minutes
- every 13 minutes
- every 5 minutes
- every 23 minutes
- every 20 minutes
- every minute between 4:00 am and 12:00 pm
- every minute between 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are named after the Greek god of time, Chronos – so now you know where the name comes from!.
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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.