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I am on Ubuntu server and would like to send an email to myself every 10 minutes (as a test).

The code for that is in this file:


To set up the cron I typed:

crontab -e

and added this line to the bottom of the file using nano editor:

### email me every 10 min.
*/10 * * * * /var/www/cron-test.php

But that script is not running every 10 minutes. I only recieve the email if I load the PHP script directly in my browser. The cron doesn't seem to be executing at all.

What am I doing wrong?

Also this is my first time setting up a cron so putting the cron script in my www folder is probably not a good idea, should I put it elsewhere? If so where?

Also is there a cron error log? Where all failed crons can be seen?

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You need to run it through PHP of course, php-files are not executable. – Bobby Jun 10 '12 at 16:39
@Bobby I can run the script by navigating to /var/www and typing "php cron-test.php". How should I modify the cron command to tell it to run the script using the "php" command. Just by adding php before the path to the script? – JakeRow123 Jun 10 '12 at 16:42
@Bobby Ahh it works now. Just had to add php before the script path. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. If you post that as an answer I will accept. – JakeRow123 Jun 10 '12 at 16:46
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Just stating the obvious:

*/10 * * * * php /var/www/cron-test.php

You might also need to write the full path to your php interpreter.

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