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Starting a script at a scheduled time

Posted on 2006-06-08
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Last Modified: 2010-08-05
I want to be able to schedule a script (hopefully php) to run at a specified tme each day.

How can I do that? Is that a feature within Apache or in the operating system itself?
Question by:Richard Korts
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Which operating system?

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by:Richard Korts
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I believe it's Linux web79 2.4.31 #8

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foodmanchew earned 2000 total points
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I believe what you're looking for is the crontab command (in the operating system shell).  You can read more about it at http://www.adminschoice.com/docs/crontab.htm or by the command "man crontab".

Essentially, you'll want to log in as the root user and execute the command "crontab -u root -e".  Then you'll be taken to the system's default text editor, where you can enter a line like
30  20  *  *  *  /path-to-script/script.php
Then save and exit.  The above line would have script.php execute at 20:30 = 8:30pm every day.

Hope that helps.

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