The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 16 */6 *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 6 months on day 16 of the month.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a time-based task that is set to run at specific intervals. These jobs are usually used for maintenance or automation purposes. For example, a cron job could be set to delete temporary files every week so that they don’t take up space on the server.
Each user has their own crontab file, and the commands in this file are only executed by that particular user. The file contains instructions for the cron daemon. To edit your crontab file, you can use the crontab command.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 6 months on day 16 of the month“:
FUN FACT: When troubleshooting issues with cron jobs, it can be helpful to run them manually from the command line – this will allow you to see any error messages that might be generated..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 6 months on day 16 of the month for several reasons, including:
- Checking for software updates and applying them if necessary
- Rotating log files
- Cleaning up temporary files that are no longer needed
- Sending out monthly reports
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 6 months
- every 3 months
- every 5 months
- every 1 month
- every 2 months
- every 6 months on day 8 of the month
- every 3 months on day 18 of the month
- every 1 month on day 24 of the month
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are stored in a file called “crontab”, which is short for “cron table”..
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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.