Stop Cron job for a particular time interval


I have a cron job which runs every five minutes all day long.

I want to stop this cron job running on Sundays between 4pm and 5pm – it should start again after this time.

How can I script this?

Best Answer

  • Stick this at the top of your cron job script (modified as you need)...

    if [[ $(date +%u) -eq 7 && $(date +%H) -eq 16 ]]; then
      echo "I don't run at this time"
      exit 1
    echo "Something to do at other times here..."

    The first instance of "date" returns the day of week (Sunday = 7), the second returns the hour (16 = 4.00pm - 4.59pm). If the script finds that it's currently day 7 and hour 16, it will exit.

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