The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
* 8-13 * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every minute between 8:00 am and 1:00 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 (also known as a “cron table”) is a file that contains a list of commands that are executed at 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 8:00 am and 1:00 pm“:
FUN FACT: If you need to temporarily disable a cron job, you can simply comment out the line in the crontab file that corresponds to that particular task..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every minute between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- Sending a daily report at 8:00 am
- Running a script to update data from an external source at 9:00 am
- Backing up the database at 10:00 am
- Generating statistics at 11:00 am
- Doing system maintenance at 12:00 pm
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 2 minutes
- every 4 minutes
- every 15 minutes
- every 13 minutes
- every 28 minutes
- every 14 minutes
- every minute between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm
- every minute between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm
FUN FACT: Each user on a system can have their own crontab, and commands in them will be executed as that user..
In this article, you learned how to set up a cron job that runs every minute between 8:00 am and 1:00 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.