Running PHP File under Crontab...
nlandys at gmail.com
Sun Jan 17 20:01:49 UTC 2010
> I am wanting to execute a PHP file 5 times a day via crontab. Is it
> possible? If so what is the proper crontab command for this?
Hi. I'm running several PHP programs via cron.
#1 Make sure you have CLI (command line interface) in your PHP port:
> cd /usr/ports/lang/php5
> make config
Then make sure the "CLI" is set to "on". If it isn't, change it, and
recompile the port. For example "portupgrade -f php5-5.2.12" will
recompile the port, if you have portupgrade installed.
#2 Write the PHP script you want to run. There are different syntaxes
for writing a command-line PHP program but here is one of them:
// Your PHP code here
Save this to a path "/path/to/mycode.php".
#3 Add cron job to execute this program.
Your crontab should look like this:
*/5 * * * * /usr/local/bin/php -f /path/to/mycode.php
(That would execute your PHP script every 5 minutes for example.)
There is an alternate way to write PHP scripts for CLI, but I have not
used it extensively, so I don't know all the details or the correctest
way to do it.
You can write a script like this:
And then save it to a file for example "test.php" and set the
executable permission on it. Then you can just:
from a terminal. So you could change the cron to just execute the
script directly in this case instead of explicitly calling
/usr/local/bin/php in the crontab.
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