Cron jobs

Cron jobs are perfect for executing a specific task or script at a scheduled time or different time periods.

Cron jobs can be run hourly, daily, weekly and monthly.

Cron configuration file is located:

/etc/crontab

This file should look like this:

# Example of job definition:
# .---------------- minute (0 - 59)
# |  .------------- hour (0 - 23)
# |  |  .---------- day of month (1 - 31)
# |  |  |  .------- month (1 - 12) OR jan,feb,mar,apr ...
# |  |  |  |  .---- day of week (0 - 6) (Sunday=0 or 7) OR sun,mon,tue,wed,thu,fri,sat
# |  |  |  |  |
# *  *  *  *  * user-name command to be executed

Execute a job every X minutes

*/5 * * * * /path/to/script/script.sh

Use */10 for every 10 minutes, */15 for every 15 minutes… and so forth..

Execute a job every X hours

0 */5 * * * /path/to/script/script.sh

Use */2 for every 2 hours, */3 for every 3 minutes… and so forth..

Execute a job every Xth day of the week

Lets assume you want to execute a cron job every Wednesday at midnight:

0 0 * * 3 /path/to/script/script.sh

or

0 0 * * Wed /path/to/script/script.sh

You can use the corresponding number or the three letters for each weekday:

0=Sun
1=Mon
2=Tue
3=Wed
4=Thu
5=Fri
6=Sat

Please note that numbers starts with 0 for Monday, and not 1.

Execute a job every X months

You need to specify the what specific month or months you want to job to be executed. Like January and September:

0 0 1 1,9 * /path/to/script/script.sh

or

0 0 1 Jan,Sep * /path/to/script/script.sh

If you only want January and September, you should use a comma. If you want the job to be executed starting January and ending September, you need to use this format: 1-9.

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