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I want to shedule a task for 8.30am every Monday, for every month, for every year...

What would the UNIX Crontab format be?

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What server type/OS... Weekdays can be different on crons for different systems.. –  Arenstar Nov 14 '10 at 18:42

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You would put the crontab entry like this:

30 8 * * 1 COMMAND

The first field is minutes, the second is hours, and the fifth is days of the week (where Sunday is 0).

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+1, Sunday can also be '7' on most systems. –  Chris S Nov 14 '10 at 19:16

30 8 * * 1

See also 'man 5 crontab'

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#minute hour    mday    month   wday
30      8       *       *       1      
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30 8 * * 1 <command>
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When I was starting out with Linux/UNIX, I found something like this was quite useful.

I think this one is slightly easier to use.

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I'm going with the "Teach a man to fish" analogy here, only teaching him to fish with Dynamite. –  Tom O'Connor Nov 14 '10 at 19:02

You might find http://www.opsschool.org/en/latest/cron_101.html useful too. That's where I found http://cronchecker.net/ to verify my cron commands in plain english.

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