In Linux, Jobs in /etc/crontab daily, weekly and monthly scripts are run at times

  • 25 6 * * * daily
  • 47 6 * * 7 weekly
  • 52 6 1 * * monthy

I want to adjust times before 01:00am.

Is there any particular reason to set the times after 04:00am or 06:00am?

Do I need to pay attention on anything but overriding rules?

3 Answers 3


Generally, if your work process permits it, you can set your cronjobs at any time as long as it does not impact production.

Howeever, it is worth noting that day savings kick in at around 1-2 am, so if you do have a job set around those times, it may either start up twice or not start at all. So take that into consideration when scheduling your tasks.

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    If you use the cron.daily directory that many crontab installations include, then the DST problem shouldn't be a factor; open a man page for cron(8) and search for "daylight".
    – Kevin M
    Jul 7, 2011 at 4:43
  • Very true. It is less of an issue with modern linux distributions. I was thinking how it may be a problem with some legacy Unix installations. I know that the case with IRIX 6.4/5. :|
    – Rilindo
    Jul 7, 2011 at 13:45

I use cron to schedule tasks (like backups) at quiet times when my computer is not likely to be busy performing other tasks.

4AM - 6AM fits this description perfectly.

There is nothing in cron which prevents you scheduling at any time you like.


just edit the times in your cron job files, the second collumn is the hour of day field so thats the one you want to edit eg to set the above jobs to before 1am you would edit them to look like:

25 0 * * * daily
47 0 * * 7 weekly
52 0 1 * * monthy

they will then run between 12 and 1 am instead of 6am

its likely that when your server installed it randomly generated the time (so that it prevents every server in the world checking for an update at exactly the same time which would probably cause a whole lot of problems if they did) there is no particular reason to run them at that time, but it does make most sense to run them outside the general working hours that the server is in most use for.

  • That will cause them to run during the noon hour instead of during the midnight hour. Crontabs use 24-hour time; He would want to change them to 0.
    – Kevin M
    Jul 3, 2011 at 13:03
  • He probably has his daily crontab set to run(by default) at 4:02am, not a random time. If your computer is awake at 4am, then chances are that it won't care if it hits a server busy doing something for everyone in the world. However, by setting daily for 4:02am, weeklys for 4:22 and monthlys for 4:42, it ensures that your jobs(which may have a resource conflict) won't conflict with each other.
    – Kevin M
    Jul 3, 2011 at 13:08
  • @kevin_m, thanks edited, i meant that its probably a value thats generated randomly when the system is first installed and of course seperate to avoid any conflicts Jul 4, 2011 at 7:14
  • I've installed quite a few systems(red-hat based, most of them) and whenever I check, they're ALL that way. Kind of makes it hard to believe in a "random" time, even if it is chosen at OS install time.
    – Kevin M
    Jul 7, 2011 at 4:39

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