Unix uses a utility called cron to run
user-created scripts at certain intervals. Crons can be invaluable for
performing regular tasks associated with your website. For example, you
could write a script that backs-up your MySQL database, then run it
every Sunday at 2 a.m., or you could write a script to email invoices to
all of your clients, and set it to run daily at 5 p.m.
Cron Job Manager is designed
to make scheduling cron processing simple and painless. By default, the
run-time of each entry in the Cron Job Manager will be displayed in an
easy-to-read format. However, when the scheduling particulars are
complex, the entry may only be viewable in Advanced mode. When viewing
the entries in Advanced mode, you will see exactly how they are
formatted to be read with Cron.
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To access the Cron Job Manager:
in your Control Panel.
Using Cron Job Manager
To add a cron job:
Click on .
A form will be displayed with the following
a unix command containing detailed instructions for
brief description of what the job does.
option to suspend the cron job, that is, save it, but manual
Use the time intervals to determine when the job
Click and the
cron job will be enabled.
Cron Job Manager allows you to set up jobs you
manage through your email. The output and completion status can be
sent to an email address that you specify.
To specify the email address to which the results
of your cron job will be mailed:
If you have not already entered an address,
click the No Address Specified link. Otherwise, click the email
address that displays to change it.
Enter your email address when prompted.
To run a cron job in advanced mode:
Changing to the advanced mode shows you the run
times in code rather than the times shown in the simple mode.
To cancel a cron job:
In both the simple and advanced modes, you may
cancel a cron job by clicking the
under Enabled. This will bring up a confirmation page. Click
and the entry will be deleted.
The Cron Job
is included in all our