10+ CronJob Scheduling Task In Linux Using Terminal

Cron Jobs Linux

What is meant by “CronJob”? The answer is running some task in the background for a regular period of time. In this article, we are going to provide some sample cronjob tasks for your knowledge. Doing a task in a repeated manner for a particular time period is a boring and irritating process. To eliminate this, You may use the cronjobs for automating your tasks and reduce your burden.

Here in Linux, CronTab (Cron Table) is the command for doing the cronjob process. Here Cron is meant for a command to run tasks and it wakes up every minute and schedule tasks in the cron table. In the table, where every task is stored.

Hint: You need to create your own cronjob to automate your task. There are no predefined cronjobs for automating your tasks. By default, cron is enabled for all users. You can restrict the cron by denying it “/etc/cron.deny“.

Explanation of commands and switches:

Crontab consists of “commands and 6 fields” which are separated by space. The last field is command and the 1st five is the time period for the crontab.

  • Minute– holds the value between 0 -59
  • Hour– holds the value between 0-23
  • Day of the month– It holds the value between 1-31 or 30
  • The month of the year– It holds the value between 1-12
  • Day of the week– It holds the value between 0-6. You can call it by using the first 3 letters.
  • Command– Here your command goes.

Jump To:

  1. List Crontab Entries 
  2. Edit Crontab Entries
  3. List Scheduled Cron Jobs
  4. Remove Crontab Entry
  5. Prompting Before Deleting Crontab
  6. Allowing special character (*, -, /, ?, #)
  7. Disable Email Notification.
  8. Multiple Commands with a Double ampersand (&&)
  9. Special Strings for Common Schedule
  10. Schedule a Jobs for Specific Time
  11. System-Wide Cron Schedule
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How to List Job Entries using Crontab:

You can manage or list the task with the option -I of the current user. The following command will do that. “-I” means listing.

crontab -l
00 10 * * * /bin/ls >/ls.txt

How to use? Copy the above code and paste in terminal

How to edit Crontab entries:

By using the option -e, you may able to edit the crontab entries. After doing the changes just use :wq to save and exit. “W” means write & “Q” means quit.

crontab -e

How to use? Copy the above code and paste in terminal

How to list Scheduled Crontab:

The following command will help you to list the scheduled crontabs of the current user. Here the -I means listing and -U means the user.

crontab -u tecrobust -l

How to use? Copy the above code and paste in terminal

Note: This command will work only for the root administrator and another user may not get this report.

How to Remove Crontab Entry:

You can remove the crontab entry by using the following command. Here “-I” represents the current user and “-r” represents removing the entries.

crontab -r

How to use? Copy the above code and paste in terminal

How to Prompt Before Deleting Crontab:

By executing the above command will remove your crontab entries. You may delete your important files accidentally. To minimise this there is a prompting option that can be used before deleting crontabs and that is achieved by the following commands. Here “-i” will prompt you before removing the entries.

crontab -i -r
The Output is : crontab: really delete root’s crontab?

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How to use? Copy the above code and paste in terminal

List of Allowed Special Character:

  • * Asterisk: Complete match the values in the field or nearby match.
  • – Hyphen: To define the range.
  • / Slash: To increment the range.
  • , Comma: To separate the items.

The above list of characters is allowed in the crontab.

How to Disable Email Notification:

The crontab will send you the mail by updating every event about its crontab tasks. You can disable the Email notification by the following command.

>crontab -e
* * * * * * * * * * >/dev/null 2>&1
How to use? Copy the above code and paste in terminal

Using >/dev/null 2>&1 will redirect all the output of the crontab under “Null”

How to execute multiple commands using &&:

Is it possible to run multiple commands under a crontab command? The answer is yes. By following the command, you will able to run multiple commands daily as per the time period.

crontab -e
@daily <command1> && <command2>  && <command3>

How to use? Copy the above code and paste in terminal

Strings for Common Schedule:

  • @yearly– This command will execute only once in year
  • @weekly– This command will execute once per week
  • @daily– This command will execute
  • @reboot– This command will reboot your Linux server
  • @turnoff– This command will turn off your Linux server

How to Schedule Crontabs for Particular Time Period:

Is it possible to schedule a crontab for a particular time? The answer is Yes!. To delete empty or junk files at everyday 3.45 AM. You need to follow the below command.

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crontab -e

45 3 * * * root find /tmp -type f -empty -delete

How to use? Copy the above code and paste in terminal

45” represents the minutes and “3” represents the hour.

How to Schedule Cron System-wide:

By using the following commands, you will able to scheduling the crontabs using the system based codes.

  • /etc/cron.d – execute commands in a loop and no time limit or schedule.
  • /etc/cron.hourly – execute commands hourly
  • /etc/cron.daily – execute commands daily
  • /etc/cron.weekly – execute commands weekly
  • /etc/cron.monthly – execute commands monthly
  • /etc/cron.yearly – execute commands yearly

That’s it, Friends. We are winding the article here.We hope that you got some knowledge about cronjobs in Linux by using the crontab command. If you have any query, then feel free to comment us.

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