The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 17 */3 *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 3 months on day 17 of the month.”
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 (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 3 months on day 17 of the month“:
FUN FACT: Cron is one of the most powerful tools available on a Linux system – use it wisely!.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 3 months on day 17 of the month for several reasons, including:
- Run a backup of all user data once every three months
- Remove all temporary files that are more than three months old
- Send out an email to all users reminding them to update their profiles
- Generate a report on system usage for the past three months
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 1 month
- every 2 months
- every 4 months
- every 5 months
- every 1 month on day 18 of the month
- every 6 months on day 15 of the month
FUN FACT: If you want to edit your personal crontab, just type: “crontab -e” at the command prompt..
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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.