How do I call a web page in the Unix cron?

Posted on 2007-11-21
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
I have a web page that performs some sql statements against a database. All I have to do to perform the operations is go to¶m2=xyz. There's no user intervention needed, the page just does it. How do I call this web page from the cron so it calls it on a scheduled basis?
Question by:bemara57
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overflow34 earned 50 total points
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Try this link.  I think this is what you are looking for.
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robocat earned 200 total points
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The GNU wget utility will do this

Install and then put this command like this  in your cron

wget -O /tmp/out.txt  "¶m2=xyz"

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Why don't you schedule SQL statements from cron script? Fetching webpage introduces more moving parts in machine.
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omarfarid earned 200 total points
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You may use wget as a crontab job to check your web page. You may have a script like the following, call it checkmypage

cd /path/to/mydir
if test $? -eq 0

The above script checks for the exit status of wget ($?)
I left the two sections with dots so that you put your own commands when successful or failure.

The script can be made executable and run as ccrontab job:

crontab -l > mycrontab

add the line below to mycrontab

0,10,20,30,40,50  * * * * /path/to/checkmypage

resubmit your cronjobs

crontab mycrontab


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estrelow earned 50 total points
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An alternative to wget is using lwp-request.
Just set:


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