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    Is There a alternative to cron jobs as my web host dont allow them
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    The only other alternative is to use an existing website to
    kick-off a server-side script, like PHP or Perl (cgi). Basically,
    that's the same thing a site counter does.

    But ... it would only execute the script when the page is
    visited, so you would need to utilize a page that gets visitors
    fairly often.

    It really depends on how often your cron job needs to be executed.

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    Decide which server-side language you're using PHP, Perl, ASP ...
    Then, how often it should execute or a time schedule. Once
    we know that info, we can come up with something workable.

    There is an online cron service (www.webbasedcron.com) that
    costs about $15.00 per year for up to 5 jobs, scheduled anytime
    you wish. I've been using it for a couple of years and the service
    has been flawless.


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    With all respect, your host is pretty crappy if they don't offer cron jobs...something built into virtually every non-Windows host's operating system. I would consider switching because it could be an ominous sign of things to come.
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    filburt,

    I agree. I have one account that uses ipowerweb.com. They allow
    one scheduled cron job each day. In my case, that wasn't enough, so
    I opted to use webbasedcron.com Not only can I do 5 jobs, but each
    job can be scheduled from every minute to once per year and all combination
    of times in between. I don't know many hosts that allow that sort of
    flexibility. So, for $15 per year, I think it's a pretty good alternative.

    We'll have to see what his/her requirements are. Maybe the one cron will
    be fine for their needs.


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    I might just be spoiled by Hosting Matters which doesn't seem to limit cron job functionality as offered by CPanel. I have several running, one of which is a fairly intensive data dump of the forums for backup purposes (and is eating up nearly my entire storage quota).

    If at least one is available that can be executed every minute, then that job can execute some secondary processing script to emulate multiple jobs.
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    If at least one is available that can be executed every minute, then that job can execute some secondary processing script to emulate multiple jobs.
    hmmm ... I never thought of that.

    [sometimes I just miss the most obvious things]


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    Ok, firstly my host is streamline.net just so u know.. all i need is a script to be excecuted once at midnight everyday as im using a logger that emails me when i get a hit but i want something similar but only sends me a daily report so all the ips will stored in a database. and there is no PHP alternative available???

    apart from those sugested
    Regards Phil,


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    PHP alternative?

    None that I know of.

    It must be either CRON, or a page loading/refreshing that triggers the job.

    If you have your own server (which you don't), that would be another alternative.

    As Filburt1 said, maybe your host gives you 1 CRON event to use? Check into that.


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    Ok thanks for your help guy looks like i will have to do with out for the moment until i can for my own hosting as im using a sub domain on my dads web space at the moment and they definatelt dont offer any CRON as in the knowledge base it says
    Are CRON jobs supported on the Linux servers?

    Unfortunately the use of CRON jobs is not permitted on our Linux servers. This is due to managing system resources for all of our customers.
    .and as far as getting the script to excecute the needed code this cant be dont as i done as i dont get thousands of regular hits, and as far as running my own web server i would but my dad doesnt like the idea because our ISP dont allow and if they find out they will cut off our internet connection
    Regards Phil,


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    Senior Member leprechaun13's Avatar
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    Ok done a search and found a free cron service at http://www.webcron.org/
    Regards Phil,



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