The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 22 */6 *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 6 months on day 22 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.
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 6 months on day 22 of the month“:
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are stored in a file called “crontab”, which is short for “cron table”..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 6 months on day 22 of the month for several reasons, including:
- checking for software updates and applying them
- backing up user data
- deleting temporary files
- sending out monthly newsletters
- generating reports
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 1 month
- every 3 months
- every 5 months
- every 4 months
- every 6 months
- every 2 months
- every 3 months on day 4 of the month
- every 5 months on day 18 of the month
FUN FACT: Cron is one of the most powerful tools available on a Linux system – use it wisely!.
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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.