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I have nginx and php-fpm installed on my Centos vps box. I need to add a cronjob to execute a script every 10 minutes. I tried crontab -e with the following in it:

*/10 * * * * /path/to/script/script.php

However, it's not executing properly. It says there is errors in the php code and there isn't


Error when attempting to install php-cli

--> Running transaction check
---> Package php-cli.i386 0:5.1.6-27.el5_5.3 set to be updated
--> Processing Dependency: php-common = 5.1.6-27.el5_5.3 for package: php-cli
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
php-cli-5.1.6-27.el5_5.3.i386 from base has depsolving problems
  --> Missing Dependency: php-common = 5.1.6-27.el5_5.3 is needed by package php-cli-5.1.6-27.el5_5.3.i386 (base)
Error: Missing Dependency: php-common = 5.1.6-27.el5_5.3 is needed by package php-cli-5.1.6-27.el5_5.3.i386 (base)
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Please include the error messages your receiving. – David Aug 25 '11 at 19:50
It says there's something with the first line. This is the first line: define("IN_MYBB", 1); – Spencer Aug 25 '11 at 19:53
up vote 1 down vote accepted

php-fpm is fastcgi only.. install the php-cli package also


You have to enable the repo to install

yum -y --enablerepo=webtatic install php-cli
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I updated your post with the errors it gives when when trying to install php-cli. – Spencer Aug 25 '11 at 22:12
i don't see an update – Mike Aug 26 '11 at 2:10
I updated my post instead...I guess it won't let me edit your post. – Spencer Aug 26 '11 at 2:24
how did you install php-fpm? – Mike Aug 26 '11 at 3:42

Without seeing the errors it's hard to know, but I'd say it's one of:

  • The script is executable but missing #!/usr/bin/php at the beginning.
  • The script has #!/usr/bin/php but is not executeable.
  • The script is not executable and doesn't have #!/usr/bin/php so crond doesn't know how to properly handle it.

If you change your cron to:

*/10 * * * * /usr/bin/php /path/to/script/script.php

Does it work?

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/usr/bin/php doesn't exist...I have php-fpm installed. – Spencer Aug 25 '11 at 20:05

I had the same problem with the same configuration. For whatever reason, after installing php-fpm months ago, I just now noticed PHP wasn't in the path. The php-cli script couldn't find php, I couldn't find php, phpinfo() didn't help, where was it? Essentially, installing "php-cli" put php back in the path. All my websites were running fine but my php-cli script stopped working because php was gone, I just didn't notice till last night.

The solution that worked for me:

Step 1

yum install php-cli

====================================================================================================================== Package Arch Version
Repository Size ====================================================================================================================== Installing: php-cli x86_64
5.4.13-1.el6.remi remi 2.6 M Updating for dependencies: php-common x86_64
5.4.13-1.el6.remi remi 891 k php-fpm x86_64 5.4.13-1.el6.remi remi 1.3 M php-mysql x86_64
5.4.13-1.el6.remi remi 134 k php-pdo x86_64 5.4.13-1.el6.remi remi 117 k

Transaction Summary ====================================================================================================================== Install 1 Package(s) Upgrade 4 Package(s)

Total download size: 5.0 M Is this ok [y/N]: y

Hopefully this upgrade doesn't break anything.

Note: I had to add "Remi" repository to get php-fpm. I really thought php-cli was already installed because this PHP script had been working for months. The script stopped working around the time I switched to php-fpm.

Step 2

Removed #!whatever from first line of script.

php -l myscript.php

"No syntax errors detected in myscript.php"


Step 3

Updated my crontab with "-f" parameter:

43 * * * * someuser php -f /home/getposts/myscript.php


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