Here I will show you how to set up a cron job on an Amazon Linux server. We used the basic Linux 64bit ami but these directions should work for any Linux web server
How to set up Cron Job on Amazon EC2 Cloud Servers
We used the basic linux 64bit ami but these directions should work for any linux web server
open a command prompt
type: which php
using the reponse from which php above, add the proper shebang to your php script like so:
the -q parameter makes it so you don’t get an email every time cron runs.
continuing from command prompt:
type: crontab -e
then use vim editor to add the following line to crontab to run your php script every minute:
* * * * * /usr/bin/php /home/ec2-user/crontest.php
or every hour:
0 * * * * …
the five cron positions are as follows:
day of month 0-31
day of week 0-7 (sun = 0 or 7)
start a php file named crontest.php and enter the following contents:
//script to test cron on adam’s cloud server:
$message = “If ur reading this then the cron job worked!!!!nn”;
$myFile = “testFile.txt”;
$fh = fopen($myFile, ‘w’) or die(“can’t open file”);
$stringData = “Yay for cloud cron! script was home/ec2-user/crontest.phpn”;
start another php file named testFile.php. It will just be a blank txt file with no content at all.
Then upload crontest.php and testFile.php to /home/ec2-user and change permissions of both to 755 or 777 if 755 doesn’t work but 777 can cause a security issue.
Important note: it seems that if you change the regular crontab using crontab -e call that they files have to be in the user’s directory that you are in when making the call which in this case is user ec2-user
To get crontab-e to work, use following comand to switch users and try again:
try using sudo crontab -e and puttiing cron files in differnt folders to see if it will work..