The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
* 1-10 * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every minute between 1:00 am and 10:00 am.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a Linux utility used for scheduling the execution of commands or scripts at a specified time and date. Cron is typically used for system maintenance or administration, such as running backups or log rotation.
A crontab is a text file containing a list of commands that are executed at specified times. The commands in the crontab are executed by the cron daemon, which runs in the background and checks for new entries every minute.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every minute between 1:00 am and 10:00 am“:
FUN FACT: Cron is one of the most powerful tools available on a Linux system – use it wisely!.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every minute between 1:00 am and 10:00 am for several reasons, including:
- Checking if a server is up and running
- Restarting a crashed server
- Checking the status of a long-running process
- Performing maintenance tasks (e.g. log rotation)
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 12 minutes
- every 20 minutes
- every 24 minutes
- every 7 minutes
- every 19 minutes
- every minute
- every minute between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm
- every minute between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm
- every minute between 2:00 am and 11:00 pm
FUN FACT: If you want to see what commands are scheduled in your crontab, type: “crontab -l”.
In this article, you learned how to set up a cron job that runs every minute between 1:00 am and 10:00 am. Please share this page with friends and colleagues if you find it useful.
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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.