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Setting CRON on hosted website..possible?



Oct 2, 2001, 12:11 AM

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Setting CRON on hosted website..possible? Can't Post

Is it possible to setup a CRON process on a externally hosted website remotely (ala: without the aid of the host providers tech support)?

Sean Shrum

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Oct 2, 2001, 3:10 PM

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Re: Setting CRON on hosted website..possible? [In reply to] Can't Post

Depends on the host provider.

Assuming they allow cronjobs and you have sufficient permissions to edit them yourself, you can do so a number of ways.

If you have a shell account, the easiest way by far would be to login via telnet or SSH and run 'crontab -e'.

If all don't have a shell account but do have access to CGIs, then you need to either create a CGI that sets $ENV{'EDITOR'} to a script or command that will get executed when you run 'crontab -e', or -- if you don't care about race conditions -- dump the contents of your crontab into a file ('crontab -l'), edit it, and reinsert ('crontab filename').


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