The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 1 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 1 month on day 1 of the month.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a time-based task that is set to run at a specific time or interval. This can be used to automate tasks such as running backups, sending emails, or running system maintenance scripts.
A crontab is a file that contains commands to be run at specified times. The crontab file is typically edited using the crontab command, which can be used to list, edit, or delete the contents of the file.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 1 month on day 1 of the month“:
FUN FACT: Cron is typically used for things like system maintenance tasks, running backups etc..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 1 month on day 1 of the month for several reasons, including:
- Checking for updates to a software package and installing the updates
- Deleting old log files
- Generating a monthly report
- Sending a reminder email
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 2 months
- every 3 months
- every 4 months
- every 1 month
- every 2 months on day 12 of the month
- every 5 months on day 26 of the month
- every 5 months on day 11 of the month
FUN FACT: When troubleshooting issues with cron jobs, it can be helpful to run them manually from the command line – this will allow you to see any error messages that might be generated..
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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 crontab cheat sheet for a list of hundreds of popular cron jobs.