The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 6 */2 *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 2 months on day 6 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 tasks or tasks that need to be performed regularly, such as checking for updates or sending out reports.
A crontab is a file containing commands and instructions for the cron daemon to execute. The crontab is used to schedule jobs (commands or shell scripts) to run periodically at certain times or dates.
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 6 of the month“:
FUN FACT: Cron jobs can be set up to run at specific times, or they can be configured to run periodically (e.g., every hour)..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 2 months on day 6 of the month for several reasons, including:
- Run a script to update software on the 6th day of every other month
- Back up databases on the 6th day of every other month
- Generate reports on the 6th day of every other month
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 2 months
- every 1 month
- every 4 months
- every 5 months
- every 6 months
- every 3 months
- every 1 month on day 7 of the month
- every 5 months on day 2 of the month
FUN FACT: If you want to see what commands are scheduled in your crontab, type: “crontab -l”.
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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.