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I put "load" in quotes because I'm not trying to open up a website via terminal. I have a PHP script on a web server that logs to a text file when it has been loaded. I'd like to set up a cron on a battery powered linux system to load the URL for this PHP script once per minute. I'd like to do this so that it runs until the battery dies and I can see how long it ran for by viewing the txt file on my server.

I'm trying to find out if there is something like a "ping" command for a specific URL, not just a server or IP. Hopefully that makes sense. =)

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possible duplicate of How do I set up a Cron job? – papukaija Jul 10 '13 at 17:49
@papukaija That question doesn't answer how to access the URL. – Eric Carvalho Jul 10 '13 at 17:57
Perhaps curl or wget? – belacqua Jul 10 '13 at 19:09

In your battery powered device run crontab -e then add this line at the end:

* * * * * wget -q -O- > /dev/null

It will run every minute and the HTML code returned by your PHP script (if any) will be simply discarded.

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wget! I don't know how I forgot about that... Thanks for even providing the whole crontab line needed. It's more than I was even asking for! =) – user174148 Jul 10 '13 at 19:17

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