The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 27 */5 *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 5 months on day 27 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 email reports.
A crontab is a text file containing a list of commands that are executed at specified times. The commands in the crontab are executed by the cron daemon, which runs in the background and checks for new entries every minute.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 5 months on day 27 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 5 months on day 27 of the month for several reasons, including:
- Backing up your data
- Generate reports
- Restart a service
- Backup a database
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 5 months
- every 4 months
- every 2 months
- every 6 months
- every 1 month
- every 6 months on day 21 of the month
- every 1 month on day 9 of the month
- every 3 months on day 26 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 crontab cheat sheet for a list of hundreds of popular cron jobs.