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Ok, please I apologize in advance for my complete dumbness. I havent ever dealt with Linux before, so this whole thing is like complete greek to me.
I have a website that frequently relies on cron jobs to complete tasks. On our old hoster, I had the "Cron Manager" in the administrative suite. Unfortunately we've outgrown that hosting plan, and now moved to a VDS server. So I'm in a world I dont know. I asked my hoster how to create cron jobs and he stated I could use putty.
So, heres how far I got.
I downloaded putty and was able to connect via SSH to my website. If I type in any cron command (as I was trying to do this myself by google first) nothing happens. Im not sure if I have to be in a specific file, or what. Im so so confused.
I can post any other information that might be able to help me, but how to get that crontab command to work would be great. (Do I need to login a certain way, have certain permissions set, be in a certain folder?) That'd probably help immensly.
Again, Im so sorry for being a total Linux noob. Thanks in advance for any help!
I guess thats where Im getting confused. If I just log into putty and start at the prompt I start at and type crontab -l or crontab -e nothing happens. It just goes to the next line prompt. So Im wondering if I have to be in a certain file to view/execute crontab commands? I was able to check where the users and deny lists would be and there is none on my site.
To use cron, you will need to edit the file /var/spool/cron/h321760w and then type the command crontab at the SSH prompt. We do not provide any technical support for problems with cron, but it does work just fine.
So I do have that file, and I am able to edit it. What do I put in that file though? Say I have a php cron called cron.php I want to run every minute (just for example to get the hang of this).
Thank you all so much for the help!
EDITED TO ADD:
I did try to figure this out myself and I put this in the file:
Ok I had a small breakthrough! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY (LOL Im a dork )
So if I go into my SSH and type /var/www/html/cron.php the sql query that I have in the file executes (Which just for testing purposes is as below
$update = mysql_query("UPDATE `test` SET `test`='5' WHERE `id`='1'");
So I know the cron can and does work. Now, what/where/how do I edit that stupid /var/spool/cron/h321760w file and what do I put in it? I tried editing it with my file editor to just reflect the cron ( * * * * * /var/www/html/126.96.36.199/crontest.php ) But alas that didnt work. Do I edit it through SSH with Putty?
Im so close Im finally not sitting here on the verge of tears. I just need to figure this last key out. I dont know if it helps, but Im on a VDS server which I guess is why the crontab -e didnt work? THANK YOU!