The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 10 */2 *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 2 months on day 10 of the month.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a time-based task that is set to run at specific intervals. This can be anything from running a script every hour to backing up a database every day. Cron jobs are typically used for maintenance or automation purposes.
A crontab is a table or list of commands that are scheduled to run at specified times. The commands in a crontab file (also called a “cron table”) are normally executed by the cron daemon, which runs in the background and executes these commands automatically.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 2 months on day 10 of the month“:
FUN FACT: If you want to see what commands are scheduled in your crontab, type: “crontab -l”.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 2 months on day 10 of the month for several reasons, including:
- Checking for updates to a software package
- Generating monthly reports
- Creating backups
- Deleting temporary files
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 3 months
- every 5 months
- every 2 months
- every 6 months
- every 4 months
- every 5 months on day 16 of the month
- every 3 months on day 7 of the month
- every 5 months on day 6 of the month
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 crontab cheat sheet for a list of hundreds of popular cron jobs.