Tutorial :cron job seems to be timing out


Have the following cronjob set up in root's crontab: (centos 5.x)

2 * * * * /usr/bin/curl --basic --user 'user:pass' http://localhost/cron/do_some_action > /var/www/app/cronlog.log  

Invoking the actual command works as expected, however when the cronjob runs, it always times out. I've used set_time_limit() and related php.ini settings to ensure it's not PHP dying, and /var/log/cron looks normal to me:

Jun 4 10:02:01 foobar crond[12138]: (root) CMD ([snip])

Any ideas about why the cronjob would be dying?


add a user

02 * * * * root /usr/bin/curl --basic --user 'user:pass' http://localhost/not/porn > /var/www/app/filethatrootcanwriteto.log


I figured it out - curl's progress stats:

(100 65622    0 65622    0     0   1039      0 --:--:--  0:01:03 --:--:--  1927)  

were being written to stderr for some reason - adding 2>&1 at the end of the command fixed it:

2 * * * * /usr/bin/curl --basic --user 'user:pass' http://localhost/cron/do_some_action > /var/www/app/cronlog.log 2>&1  

Thanks to everyone for all the insight!


There can be 2 php.ini files, one for apache and one for CLI.

locate php.ini should find both, I'd suggest you check there first.


This can also be avoided by buffering your PHP output using ob_start() and ob_end_flush() to prevent curl from returning status prematurely.

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