The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
* 14-20 * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every minute between 2:00 pm and 8:00 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 is a file that contains commands and instructions for the cron daemon to execute. The crontab file is usually located in the /etc/cron directory. Each user on a system can have their own crontab file. The commands in the crontab files are executed by the cron daemon at the specified times.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every minute between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm“:
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)..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every minute between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- Checking for new messages in a chat application every minute
- Running a backup of user data at the end of each day
- Deleting temporary files that are no longer needed
- Generating reports on system usage
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 9 minutes
- every 11 minutes
- every 23 minutes
- every 25 minutes
- every 21 minutes
- every 28 minutes
- every minute between 5:00 am and 9:00 am
- every minute between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm
FUN FACT: If you need to delete a cron job, simply remove the corresponding line from the crontab file and save your changes..
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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.