[FX.php List] Crontab to run php script?

Steve Winter steve at bluecrocodile.co.nz
Sat Jun 5 15:07:22 MDT 2010

Any particular reason?

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Steve Winter
Matatiro Solutions

steve at matatirosolutions.co.uk
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On 5 Jun 2010, at 18:54, Gjermund Gusland Thorsen <ggt667 at gmail.com>  

> It’s usually better to run pyFileMaker than FX.php when you are to
> work with non-webstuff.
> ggt
> 2010/6/5 Leo R. Lundgren <leo at finalresort.org>:
>> Let me clarify something regarding the private and public  
>> seperation I mentioned:
>> 1) This would mean that if it was up to me, the cron file to be run  
>> in your application would be placed somewhere in the private  
>> folder, since it shouldn't (I suppose) be accessible from the web.
>> 2) The reason the cron php file is placed in the public folder in  
>> the example below is that it is not me who wrote this application;  
>> The author put everything in one folder, which I don't recommend.  
>> But that's the reason the example I gave doesn't fit the first  
>> paragraph of my ramblings :P
>> 5 jun 2010 kl. 11.12 skrev Leo R. Lundgren:
>>> If there is no specific reason to put it in another place, I  
>>> suggest just keeping it with the rest of the application, which  
>>> would presumably be with the rest of the PHP files.
>>> Personally I always seperate stuff into a private (where I keep  
>>> all the code and resources that shouldnt be directly accessible  
>>> from the web) and a public folder (equal to the DocumentRoot in  
>>> apache, where everything visible to the web should be placed).
>>> I do this in order to without further adue be able to use the file  
>>> system's security instead of having everything in the public  
>>> folder and then having to rely on web server specific access  
>>> controls (such as .htaccess or other configuration in Lighttpd/ 
>>> Nginx/IIS).
>>> Anyway, where you put the files its mostly subject to detailed  
>>> technical issues, if any. For example, if you have open_basedir  
>>> and/or safe_mode set in your PHP configuration and put the file  
>>> outside that, I'm not sure it would run (though I cannot say for  
>>> sure if those settings are used similarly when you run the PHP  
>>> script from the console binary instead of mod_php if that's what  
>>> you are using normally).
>>> Here's an example crontab entry for a maintenance script I have  
>>> somewhere:
>>>       * * * * * cd /Library/WebServer/Documents/242285/ 
>>> my.domain.com/public/sms/ && /usr/local/php5/bin/php cron.php 2>&1  
>>> >> ../../cron.txt
>>> Some explanations:
>>>       It runs each minute due to the * * * * *, where a * means  
>>> "every time" and the positions are minute, hour, day of month,  
>>> month, day of week. If I were to run it once each hour it would be  
>>> 0 * * * *, and if I wanted to run it at 3:30 am every working day  
>>> it'd be "30 3 * * 0,1,2,3,4". Having it run every two hours would  
>>> be 0 */2 * * *. For more information, do `man 5 crontab` in the  
>>> terminal and it will explain the format.
>>>       To edit or create a crontab file for a specific user when  
>>> logged in as root (requires root privileges): crontab -eu  
>>> theUsername
>>>       To edit or create a crontab file as/when logged in a  
>>> specific user: crontab -e
>>>       To edit or create the crontab file using a specific editor  
>>> instead of the default which might be `vi`, in this case `nano`  
>>> instead, prepend EDITOR=theEditorBinaryOrPathToBinary, such as:  
>>> EDITOR=nano crontab -eu theUsername
>>>       The reason I am using absolute paths to everything is that  
>>> sometimes the environment for the user and processes meant to be  
>>> run isn't set up like you normallt expect. One can then either set  
>>> it in the crontab file or if it's mostly about the paths not  
>>> working, one can just use absolute paths. Whatever works, read  
>>> more about it in the man pages.
>>>       I'm first cd'ing to the place where I would like the script  
>>> to write its files, if any. In this case the /Library/WebServer/ 
>>> Documents/242285/my.domain.com/public/sms/ folder. This isn't  
>>> needed to just run the script itself though.
>>>       The stuff at the end redirects standard error output (2>) to  
>>> standard output (&1) and then redirects standard output (>>) to  
>>> the file ../../cron.txt which effectively becomes /Library/ 
>>> WebServer/Documents/242285/my.domain.com/cron.txt due to the  
>>> relative nature of the specified path in combination with where  
>>> the script starts out in the filesystem.
>>> Good luck!
>>> 5 jun 2010 kl. 04.42 skrev Jonathan Schwartz:
>>>> Hi Folks,
>>>> I need to create a Crontab in OS X Server to run a php script.  
>>>> The script performs sales order post processing instead of doing  
>>>> it during order entry. This allows sales reps to be more efficient.
>>>> The question is whether I can I leave the script, which calls  
>>>> other scripts, in the existing web folder.  On OS X Server, that  
>>>> is /Library/WebSerber/Documents/TheWebFolder.
>>>> Moving along, I'm struggling with how to create the crontab to  
>>>> call the script.
>>>> Any experienced crontab jockeys out there?
>>>> Jonathan
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