I was asked today can you run a cronjob only once. My initial answer was no you cannot as the least you can run a cronjob at is yearly.
But using cron commands you can delete a cron after it's been executed, this way the cronjob runs and then deletes itself causing it to only run once, perfect!
Let's say I want to call a script:
Now if I want this command to be deleted as soon as its finished:
First, the command to run, like above.
crontab -l to open the crontab.
grep -v to search the file ie look for the command.
Find it with
| crontab - to close it out.
Putting it all together:
somescript.sh; crontab -l | grep -v 'somescript.sh' | crontab -