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How would I run a command like scrapy crawl empt.com in a cron job where I need to be in a specific folder to run the command for example:

/downloads/my_crawler/empt/empt/ then the command scrapy crawl empt.com

My current crontab entry looks like this: 0 */2 * * * * root /downloads/my_cralwer/empt/empt/ scrapy crawl empt.com Thanks!

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Try:

0 */2 * * * * root cd /downloads/my_cralwer/empt/empt/ && scrapy crawl empt.com
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I know this is an old post but to get mine to work I also needed to add a path variable. Otherwise cron may not be able find scrapy. For me it was: PATH=/usr/local/bin Just locate the scrapy binary and add the path variable to a location before the cronjob in the file. I usually use crontab -e to edit the cronjob list. But utilities like webmin can also do this.

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