Abdullah Alsharif Abdullah Alsharif - 4 years ago 69
Linux Question

Using WGET to run a cronjob PHP

I tried to do a cron and run a url every 5 mintues.

I tried to use WGET however I dont want to download the files on the server, all I want is just to run it.

This is what I used (crontab):

*/5 * * * * wget http://www.example.com/cronit.php


Is there any other command to use other than wget to just run the url and not downlaod it?

Answer Source

You could tell wget to not download the contents in a couple of different ways:

wget --spider http://www.example.com/cronit.php

which will just perform a HEAD request but probably do what you want

wget -O /dev/null http://www.example.com/cronit.php

which will save the output to /dev/null (a black hole)

You might want to look at wget's -q switch too which prevents it from creating output

I think that the best option would probably be:

wget -q --spider http://www.example.com/cronit.php

that's unless you have some special logic checking the HTTP method used to request the page

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