The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 12 */4 *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 4 months on day 12 of the month.”
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 commonly used to automate system maintenance or administration tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.
The crontab is a file that contains instructions for the cron daemon. The crontab is typically edited using the crontab command.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 4 months on day 12 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 4 months on day 12 of the month for several reasons, including:
- To run a script that deletes temporary files older than 4 months
- To email a reminder to renew a subscription
- To generate a report of activity for the past 4 months
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 3 months
- every 5 months
- every 4 months
- every 1 month
- every 5 months on day 27 of the month
- every 5 months on day 9 of the month
- every 1 month on day 1 of the month
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..
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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.