The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
* 17-19 * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every minute between 5:00 pm and 7:00 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 typically used for automating tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.
A crontab is a file that contains a list of commands that are to be executed at specified times. The commands in the crontab are executed by the cron daemon.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every minute between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm“:
FUN FACT: Cron is one of the most versatile tools in a Linux administrator’s toolbox..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every minute between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- Turning lights on at 5:00 pm
- Checking the mail at 5:01 pm
- Watering plants at 5:30 pm
- Making dinner at 6:00 pm
- Doing laundry at 7:00 pm
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 2 minutes
- every 26 minutes
- every 21 minutes
- every 24 minutes
- every 9 minutes
- every minute between 5:00 am and 1:00 pm
- every minute between 5:00 am and 11:00 pm
- every minute between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are stored in a file called “crontab”, which is short for “cron table”..
In this article, you learned how to set up a cron job that runs every minute between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. 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.