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Execute Scheduled Tasks Via Crontab
Mod Version: 1.00, by Jafo232 (Coder) Jafo232 is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.8 Rating: (8 votes - 4.75 average) Installs: 64
Released: 06 Dec 2007 Last Update: Never Downloads: 413
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This product will run your scheduled tasks via crontab rather than the current method where Vbulletin uses an image to execute tasks. This can slow down a users experience especially with long running tasks. It also stops all of those cron.php entries in your webserver log.

This product is really only useful for those on *nix (Linux/Unix/Etc) servers. Will not work on Windows based servers.

You should have a rudimentary understanding of crontab before installing this hack.

For those wondering how this differs from this hack, well, first of all, it works for 3.6.8, but more importantly it actually replaces the method Vbulletin uses to execute scheduled tasks, whereas the other hack only helps it out.

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Old 16 Dec 2008, 14:44
Jafo232 Jafo232 is offline
Join Date: May 2004
Originally Posted by |Jordan| View Post
Can this increase server load? My webhost just contacted me saying that cron.php among other scripts were using too much cpu.
Not this mod. This mod just calls cron.php just like it normally would except on an exact schedule. It could be you have a scheduled task that is using a lot of CPU though.
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Old 15 Jan 2009, 17:53
plothook plothook is offline
Join Date: Apr 2007
I have been using this mod for quite some time (clicked install over a year ago) now, and always lived with vBulletin cron tasks running one at a time when the linux cron ran once a minute.

But last week I got ambitious and dug into the bash shell to write this script that runs all the tasks scheduled for any any particular minute, instead of allowing them to sit in 'backlog' until the next minute.

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Old 08 Apr 2009, 02:17
OnyxChase OnyxChase is offline
Join Date: Jul 2007
Why not just use:

/usr/bin/php /home/username/public_html/forum/cron.php >& /dev/null

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Old 08 Apr 2009, 06:45
Jafo232 Jafo232 is offline
Join Date: May 2004
Because then you are still displaying the cron.php image..
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Old 08 Apr 2009, 07:37
OnyxChase OnyxChase is offline
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Ah, I understand what you are saying. But I still think it is better to call the /usr/bin/php directly rather than using a .SH script that does the exact same thing.

But of course, the product XML would have to be loaded to remove the $cronimage from displaying.
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Old 19 Jun 2009, 20:46
plothook plothook is offline
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You need the shell script to change the working directory to where vBulletin lives.
If you call /usr/bin/php directly from cron, your working directory will be $HOME for the account running cron and cron.php won't find any of the includes it needs.
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Old 27 Oct 2009, 03:25
Darkimmortal Darkimmortal is offline
Join Date: Apr 2009
Thanks, this is a very useful mod

It also works on Windows for those of you that have cronw installed.
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Old 18 Feb 2010, 18:26
lord_of_chaos lord_of_chaos is offline
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Does still work with vB 4.

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Old 26 Apr 2010, 09:28
cbj cbj is offline
Join Date: Sep 2009
Humm.. Why not adding this to crontab..?

(Needs wget, fetch or similar).

* * * * * /path/to/wget -O /dev/null "" >> /dev/null 2>&1

The image is still fetched, but not stored or displayed - as wget, when invoked with the "-O" option, outputs the data to /dev/null.

It seems to work fine here.
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Old 13 Apr 2011, 13:25
btlewand btlewand is offline
Join Date: Aug 2010
Any directions on how to use this add-on? Added the .xml file into vBulletin and scheduled the CRON script in my cPanel but nothing is happening.
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Old 27 Jun 2012, 00:31
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ru55ian ru55ian is offline
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anyone tested this with 4.2?
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Old 15 Jan 2013, 13:39
Darkside2012 Darkside2012 is offline
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Originally Posted by ru55ian View Post
anyone tested this with 4.2?
yes..... works fine for me
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