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  Apache Web-Serving with Mac OS X: Part 3
Subject:   Automatic PHP tasks
Date:   2002-10-28 13:44:25
From:   anonymous2
I'm thrilled about my newly acquired PHP & MySQL knowledge. Thank you O'Reilly and OSX!


I currently include PHP in HTML Web pages, but I'm wondering if there's a way to create PHP tasks that run automatically at intervals (every hour or day), or at startup (run constantly in the background)? Any help or articles about this in relation to OSX would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks.

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  • Automatic PHP tasks
    2002-10-28 16:50:45  anonymous2 [View]

    I found a simple solution. Add a scheduled task to your /etc/crontab file and use the curl command to excute any PHP script on your site. Example:

    0 0 * * * * curl http://www.yoursite.com/yourscript.php

    ... then execute this in the terminal:

    crontab crontab

    For more info about crontab, see "Learning the Mac OS X Terminal: Part 1" <http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2001/12/14/terminal_one.html>
    • Automatic PHP tasks
      2002-10-28 17:00:00  anonymous2 [View]

      The crontab line should show a correct permission:

      0 0 * * * root curl http://www.yoursite.com/yourscript.php