I'm doing a server running Ubuntu Server 12.04 and Apache. The users have continuous updates in the dinamic pages through a Java script, downloading JSON files through Ajax request to server. All the users need the same data provided by a PHP file from a secondary mySQL database. To reduce the server load I decided to update the JSON file each second and save them in the server providing them as static content (like a txt file). For this reason I need a solution to run a PHP or any other language script on the server every second.

For future necessity i can't implement a logic like: compile the JSON at the first request and keep them saved for the other requests in the same second.

I read about the CronTab in Ubuntu but it dont allow me to perform the code each second. I tought about changing the entire Cron code 'cause I can't find other solutions.

Someone know if there is any solution in Ubuntu or maybe in the Apache codes to do it? I need something stable and reliable. Someone ever heard about a sistem to perform code on server without the necessity of requests; to manipulate data each second?

Any suggestion is welcome even complex but for a reliable result!


I have no idea what you have said in the first two paragraphs, so I can't tell if there's a better solution (my instincts scream there should be).

To run a command at X-second intervals, there are many options, discussed in this Stack Overflow question and this Unix & Linux question.

Execution of command a second after the previous command finishes

Simply put, use a script like this:

#! /bin/bash
while sleep 1
   # your commands

Execution of command a second after the previous command starts

Same as above, but you send the command to the background. This will result in overlapping command executions if the command takes longer than 1 second to complete.

#! /bin/bash
while sleep 1
   (# your commands )&

Now, to make sure that the script is running, use an Upstart job:

description "a good description"
start on runlevel [!016]
stop on runlevel [016]


exec /path/to/the/above/script

Save this is to a .conf file in /etc/init, such as /etc/init/some-job.conf. Now you can start the script with:

service some-job start

The respawn option will make Upstart restart the script if it ever exits (it shouldn't).

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