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I have a question regarding Magento.

Apparently, to perform scheduled tasks within Magento, it needs to run a script called cron.php. Originally the script was triggered by an on-server crontab using the line wget -O /dev/null http://www.example.com/cron12345.php.

Unfortunately, due to some problems, we need to limit the life of the PHP FPM child processes to 300 seconds... and that murdered the PHP process running cron.php.

I tried running cron.php from CLI using the command php -c /etc/php5/fpm/php.ini cron.php and it seemed to work... but there were no output and the script just keeps running...

So my questions:

  1. Is cron.php a one-shot script, or does it run until completion and needs to be invoked again?
  2. If it needs to be regularly invoked (via cron), can I just add a crontab like the following:
*/15 * * * * cd /var/www/website && php -c /etc/php5/fpm/php.ini cron.php

Thank you for your kind assistance.

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  1. It should finish, it can take some time especially if you didn't run it in a while.
    But generally it will finish. If it doesn't you'll need to check what is going on.

  2. Yes, that is how this is generally done, see:
    http://www.magentocommerce.com/wiki/1_-_installation_and_configuration/how_to_setup_a_cron_job

  • Omigosh, apparently I accidentally added "-d" before cron.php ... no wonder it seems to be just stuck there --__-- ... thank you for the answer! – pepoluan Jun 17 '15 at 11:07
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In the above code, you have declared the version of our module and the model class. The important part is the element. I use it to configure the cron job. here you will find the full guide: https://www.cloudways.com/blog/setup-magento-cron-job/

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    Welcome to Server Fault! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Gerald Schneider Jul 24 '17 at 12:31

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