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Running a cronjob after every 5 min

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How do I execute certain shell script at a specific intervals in Linux using cron job?
Please provide examples using different time periods.

posted Mar 14, 2013 by Salil Agrawal

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Execute a cron job every 5 Minutes
*/5 * * * * <<Process>>


Execute a cron job every 5 Hours
0 */5 * * * <<Process>>


Execute a job every 5 Seconds
Cron job cannot be used to schedule a job in seconds interval. i.e You cannot schedule a cron job to run every 5 seconds. The alternative is to write a shell script that uses ‘sleep 5′ command in it.


Execute a job every 5th weekday
0 0 * * 5 <<Process>>
0 0 * * Fri <<Process>>
Note: Get into the habit of using Fri instead of 5. Please note that the number starts with 0 (not with 1), and 0 is for Sun (not Mon).


Execute a job every 5 months            
0 0 1 5,10 * <<Process>>
0 0 1 May,Oct * <<Process>>
answer Mar 14, 2013 by anonymous
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*/5 * * * * (Process name)

answer Mar 14, 2013 by anonymous
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