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How To Run Cronjob Script On The Last Day Of a Month

How to execute script on the last day of a month on Linux or Unix bash shell? How do I run a disk usage or custom reporting shell/perl/python script on the last day of a month on a Linux or Unix-like systems?

You need to use the date command to find out whether tomorrow is the first day of the next month. If it is true, you can run your script.

Say hello to TZ variable


TZ is time zone environment variable on Linux or Unix-like systems. The TZ environment variable tells functions such as the ctime(3) family and programs like date what the time zone and daylight saving rule is. For example, Greenwich Mean Time can be defined as follows:

TZ='GMT'

You can set TZ as follows to get tomorrow from the current date (+%d):
TZ=GMT-24 date +%d

How do I find out tomorrow date?

The syntax is as follows:

# CDT
TZ=CDT-24 date +%d
 
#PST
TZ=PST-24 date +%d
 
#EDT
TZ=PST-24 date +%d
 
 
#IST
TZ=IST-24 date +%d

Example: Shell script

#!/bin/bash
# Purpose: Tell if it is last day of a month
# Author: Vivek Gite <www.cyberciti.biz> under GPL v2.x+
# ---------------------------------
 
# Find tomorrow day in IST time zone 
day=$(TZ=IST-24 date +%d)
 
# Compare it
# If both are 1 means today is the last day of a month
if test $day -eq 1; then
   echo "Last Day of a Month"
else
   echo "Noop"  
fi

Run it as follows:
$ date
$ ./script

Sample outputs:

Fri Jul 31 12:35:16 IST 2015
Last Day of a Month

Try one more time:
$ date
$ ./script

Tue Aug  4 01:04:48 IST 2015
Noop

Create a wrapper script

Let us say you want to find out disk usage on the last day of a month. You’ve a script called /root/scripts/disk-usage.sh. Modify above script as follows:

#!/bin/bash
# Script: /root/scripts/is-end-of-month.sh
# Purpose: Tell if it is last day of a month
# Author: Vivek Gite <www.cyberciti.biz> under GPL v2.x+
# ---------------------------------
 
# Find tomorrow day in IST time zone 
day=$(TZ=IST-24 date +%d)
 
# Compare it
# If both are 1 means today is the last day of a month
if test $day -eq 1; then
    # Call disk usage script
    /root/scripts/disk-usage.sh
fi

Create a cron job

You can install your cronjob by running the following command:
# crontab -e
Append the following code to run a script called /root/scripts/is-end-of-month.sh once a day:

@daily	       /root/scripts/disk-usage.sh

OR

0 0 * * *      /root/scripts/disk-usage.sh

Save and close the file.

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  • Pádraig Brady August 3, 2015, 8:50 pm

    It seems unusual to hard code the timezone in the script. Should that be set (already) system wide? Also how robust is this around day light savings time boundaries?
    Taking the example from http://www.pixelbeat.org/cmdline.html#dates an alternative is:

        [ $(date -d '12:00 today +1 day' +%d) = '01' ] || exit
  • Ian Blackwell August 4, 2015, 12:34 am

    Or use this version of the date command to return tomorrows date number value.
    date --date=tomorrow +%d

  • Matthew Lenz August 4, 2015, 3:19 am

    ## Have to escape the % sign for direct crontab entry.
    ## Run job on the first minute of the last day of the month. Otherwise exit.
    ## Starts trying for last day on the 28th (to deal with Feb).

    0 0 28,29,30,31 * * [ $(date +\%d -d tomorrow) = “01” ] &&

    • Matthew Lenz August 4, 2015, 3:20 am

      It cut off the part after the && because i used less than/greater than.

      0 0 28,29,30,31 * * [ $(date +\%d -d tomorrow) = “01” ] && command_you_want_to_run

  • john August 4, 2015, 5:48 am

    This is wrong solution. Or wrong title. The cronjob is being run every day, not the last one :)

  • Said Akkas August 4, 2015, 2:11 pm

    How about evaluating whether tomorrow’s date as day of the month is less than today’s value.

    For bash:

    (("$(date +%d -d tomorrow)" < "$(date +%d)")) && echo 1

    Comparison above will print "1" if today is the last day of the month.

    You can replace echo 1 with path to your script.

  • Philippe Petrinko August 5, 2015, 7:26 pm

    Nevertheless,
    here is another way to get last month of current month.

    Following code is simple, robust because it does not rely on any timezone.

    I already gave it on this site in a similar topic:


    # this will compute the last day of current month.
    date -d "+1 month - $(date +%d) days"

    __Philippe

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