The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 31 */5 *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 5 months on day 31 of the month.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a scheduled task that is typically executed by the operating system. Cron jobs are often used to automate repetitive tasks, such as backing up files or checking for updates.
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 5 months on day 31 of the month“:
FUN FACT: When configuring a cron job, you can specify the minute, hour, day of the month, month and day of the week when it should run – this gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of when your task will be performed automatically!.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 5 months on day 31 of the month for several reasons, including:
- Sending a reminder email to customers about an upcoming service
- Generating a report on the number of customer service interactions in the past month
- Checking for updates to software dependencies and sending an email if any are found
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 3 months
- every 1 month
- every 2 months
- every 5 months
- every 6 months
- every 4 months
- every 4 months on day 8 of the month
- every 4 months on day 28 of the month
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are named after the Greek god Chronos, who represents time itself..
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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.