how to use a date module within a cron to send out 2 day, 7day, 30day messages?

Posted on 2004-04-08
Last Modified: 2010-03-04

I'm writing a script that sends out remindermessages 2days, 7days, and 30days after a customer signs up with my services.

I currently log all orders in a log file...  I'm able to retrieve the date/email from the log file....  and I'm able to send people email messgaes just fine in my script.  The problem is that I have no idea how to use a date function to determine which customers need to be sent a message.  I assume it is probably like 5 lines of code if any one here is familiar with a date module.

So for example:  

Today is April 1st.  Therefore I run the cron at 1am on April 1st.    I have a client that signed up on March 30th.  (2 days ago).  How do I go about determining, that this customer needs to be sent an email?  The variable I use for the day the client signed up is $signupdate .   $signupdate is in this format:  4-1-2004

Any help would be much appreciated.  


Question by:wyatt12
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Expert Comment

ID: 10788483
use Date::Manip;

When I have a few extra minutes, I'll post some example code that you can use.
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Expert Comment

ID: 10789627
use Date::Calc qw(Add_Delta_Days);

if($signupdate=~m/(\d+)-(\d+)-(\d{4})/) {
      ($y2, $m2, $d2) = Add_Delta_Days($ysignup, $msignup, $dsignup, 2);
      ($y7, $m7, $d7) = Add_Delta_Days($ysignup, $msignup, $dsignup, 7);
      ($y30, $m30, $d30) = Add_Delta_Days($ysignup, $msignup, $dsignup, 30);
      ($sec,$min,$hour,$mday,$mon,$year,$wday,$yday,$isdst) =localtime(time);      
        #print "$today,$date2,$date7,$date30\n";
        if($today eq $date2 || $today eq $date7 || $today eq $date30) {
              print "We should send reminder today\n";
        } else {
              print "We should not send reminder today\n";

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davorg earned 250 total points
ID: 10789782
You can do it all without having to resort to installing new modules from CPAN.

use Time::Local;

use constant DAY => 24  * 60 * 60;
use constant TWO_DAYS = 2 * DAY;
use constant SEVEN_DAYS => 7 * DAY;
use constant THIRTY_DAYS => 30 * DAY;

my $signupdate = '4-1-2004'; # 4th Jan 2004 in any sensible country :)

my ($d, $m, $y) = split /-/, $signupdate;

my $signup_secs = timelocal(0, 0, 0, $d, $m - 1, $y - 1900);
my $now = time;

my $diff = $now - $signup_secs;
if ($diff > TWO_DAYS and $diff < (TWO_DAYS + DAY)) {
  # send two day reminder

if ($diff > SEVEN_DAYS and $diff < (SEVEN_DAYS + DAY)) {
  # send seven day reminder

if ($diff > THIRTY_DAYS and $diff < (THIRTY_DAYS + DAY)) {
  # send thirty day reminder

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rj2 earned 250 total points
ID: 10789809
Or somewhat shorter like this

use Date::Calc qw(Delta_Days);

if($signupdate=~m/(\d+)-(\d+)-(\d{4})/) {
      ($mday, $mon, $year) = (localtime)[3,4,5];
        #print "$diff\n";
        if($diff==2 || $diff==7 || $diff==30) {
              print "We should send reminder today\n";
        } else {
              print "We should not send reminder today\n";
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Expert Comment

ID: 10789826
Run command below to install module Date::Calc if not already installed

perl -MCPAN -e 'install Date::Calc'

Date::Calc is a nice module because it can do all the most common date calculations and is also much faster that Date::Manip.

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