The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
* 18-19 * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every minute between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a task that is scheduled to run at a specified time or interval. Cron jobs are typically used to perform system maintenance or administration tasks, such as backing up data or generating reports.
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 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm“:
FUN FACT: You can use cron to schedule just about anything!.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every minute between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- Run a backup every minute during that hour
- Perform maintenance tasks (e.g. clear caches, rotate logs) every minute during that hour
- Send out a daily report every minute during that hour
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 16 minutes
- every 6 minutes
- every 28 minutes
- every 27 minutes
- every minute between 6:00 am and 5:00 pm
- every minute between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm
- every minute between 2:00 am and 11:00 pm
FUN FACT: Each user on a system can have their own crontab, and commands in them will be executed as that user..
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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.