The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 7 */5 *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 5 months on day 7 of the month.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a time-based task that is typically set up to run automatically at regular intervals. For example, a cron job might be used to send out a daily email report or to back up files every night.
A crontab is a table or list of commands that are scheduled to run at specified times. The commands in a crontab file (also called a “cron table”) are normally executed by the cron daemon, which runs in the background and executes these commands automatically.
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 7 of the month“:
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are often used to perform regular maintenance tasks, such as running backups or sending out reports..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 5 months on day 7 of the month for several reasons, including:
- Run a script to send reminders for an event that occurs every 5 months
- Archive data that is 5 months old
- Perform maintenance on a database that is used infrequently
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 5 months
- every 2 months
- every 3 months
- every 4 months
- every 6 months
- every 2 months on day 19 of the month
- every 6 months on day 11 of the month
- every 5 months on day 24 of the month
FUN FACT: Each user on a system can have their own crontab, and commands in them will be executed as that user..
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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.