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Running a beta site (different platform than live site).

Already have export / import process via php script. Automatically gets data from one database and exports to another.

I want to automatically run this (at least daily) transfer to update the beta site with content from live site.

What's my simplest option (aside from manually running the script)?

I was considering:

  1. Writing additional functionality into the script to track when last run or run based on a set server timestamp

  2. Writing additional functionality to check database for new / updated data (no idea if this is possible)

  3. ?????

Also, perhaps this is better suited for a different site (not serverfault), let me know.

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What is your operating system? Seems to be windows if you don't know what cron is... – Nils Jan 21 '12 at 20:23
linux. I know "what" cron is - have never bumped up against a task requiring it (newbie). – Daniel Fris Jan 21 '12 at 20:26

You should be able to accomplish this with a simple cronjob that does a sqldump from the first, then sqlimport and restart the second SQL instance (if necessary...)

Personally, I like adding 'logger' statements to my cronjobs to note a step that's beginning and another when it ends so that I can track how long things take.

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I'm not familiar with anything chron related. Any intro info related to this task? – Daniel Fris Jan 21 '12 at 19:57
Cron is a task scheduler. Here's a Serverfault Question "How to run a Cron Job": (Alternately run 'man cron' or search for it.) – gWaldo Jan 21 '12 at 21:11
Thanks gWaldo .. – Daniel Fris Jan 21 '12 at 21:13
You're quite welcome! – gWaldo Jan 21 '12 at 21:13

Sup, Dan!

Cron is the way to go. If you have ssh access to your server, you can do this:

sudo crontab -e

To bring up cron tabs...then you can just add a line showing what script / command to execute:

1 1 * * * php /path/to/script.php

Cron executes based on:

minute, , day of month, month, day of week 

So, 1 1 * * * = 1st minute of the 1st hour of every day of every month of every week

The * are wildcards.

You'll need to have PHP command line interface running to do that. An alternative would be to write a bash / shell script that performs the transfer form the command line. If you've already got the PHP script, though, I'd just stick with that and call it with cron.

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I'll check into it. Niceness! – Daniel Fris Jan 21 '12 at 21:01

You might use mysqlbackup to dump your DB-contents into an sql-file.

That file can be imported with the mysql-super-user (normally called root) by just parsing that file.

There is no PHP involved in this...

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