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I have an app on AWS using Elastic Beanstalk/RDS/EC2/etc.

The app has some database entries that need to be deleted after a certain time. I've tried to set up a cron task on the main server, but found that the web server cannot handle tasks like this, and a worker has to be created instead.

So, after writing up a quick worker based on this document, it seems that I cannot have the worker connect the existing database.

Am I overthinking this? I just need a way to have traffic come in, interact with the website, and then delete entries over time as they become irrelevant.

  • Why can't the webserver handle this? – ceejayoz Jul 28 '16 at 16:46
  • From what i've found, the webserver isn't able to run background tasks. (edit: at least, that's from my understanding of this page: docs.aws.amazon.com/elasticbeanstalk/latest/dg/…) – jfefes Jul 28 '16 at 17:00
  • The Worker approach is designed to address the issue of deciding which host should run a job when you have a cluster of application hosts (and how to autoscale the environment if the job consumes resources). An alternate, perhaps simpler, approach would be a scheduled lambda function that cleans up your data. See docs.aws.amazon.com/lambda/latest/dg/with-scheduled-events.html – jstell Aug 18 '16 at 17:13

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