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I am having a hard time to run a cron job in Debian 6.
Basically i have a sample php script test.php that just adds a line of string(on every execution) to a text file named people.txt
Both test.php and people.txt are located on my Apache document root /var/www directory. The script works fine standalone, but when i want to execute it every minute (for example) through a Cron Job it does not work.
I setup a Cron Job as a root user, so when i run "crontab -e" as root user i see this line on Nano
*/1 * * * * /var/www/test.php
when i run /etc/init.d/cron status i see message
'cron is running'
But my people.txt file is not getting updated
Any advise on how to make Cron Jobs run on my system?
I'd check /var/log/cron (or the equiv on your system), but its the case that the env given to cron jobs is minimal hence its recommended to specify full/absolute pathnames for cmds & data files used.
You could post the script content if you want
Adding the absolute path fixed the issue and the cron job works fine.
If i want to have my test.php script outside Apache document root directory (for example in my home directory /home/haykz) what should i change in the Crontab entry?
You just need to change the path to the script. Eg you'd have something like:
*/1 * * * * php -f /home/haykz/test.php
However, you should say which user you want this job to run as. Ie you should add that to the crontab of the appropriate user. Have a look at the crontab man page, and post back if you have more questions.