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User account can't run cron?

Discussion in 'Plesk for Linux - 8.x and Older' started by JDub@, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. JDub@

    JDub@ Guest


    I'm having some trouble running a cron script as a user within Plesk 7.5.4. The target file is being found fine, but I'm unable to access PHP in order to run it.

    Upon running the following command: -

    /usr/local/psa/admin/bin/php /var/www/vhosts/domain/httpdocs/tasks_minute.php5

    I get the following error in the email sent to me: -

    /bin/sh: /usr/local/psa/admin/bin/php: Permission denied

    Server cron runs fine, but then they run as root!

    Why is this? Am I pointing to the wrong PHP, or should I run this as a server cron? I don't really want to, as it only applies to a specific domain.

    Any help on this would be MUCH appreciated!!


  2. serve-you.net

    serve-you.net Guest

    Wrong PHP. It's a pretty safe assumption that anything user related will not be under /usr/local/psa/admin

    Try 'which php' to find the "real" version of PHP. Also, you will probably need the -f flag in your command.
  3. JDub@

    JDub@ Guest

    Many thanks for the feedback - Quick Q's: -

    Where do I search for 'which php'?
    Also what syntax is the -f flag entered - i.e. where in the command string?


  4. serve-you.net

    serve-you.net Guest

    just type the following in a shell (SSH):
    which php

    The -f flag is a php flag, so it would go after php, and before the file name. For example:

    php -f /var/www/vhosts/domain/httpdocs/tasks_minute.php5
  5. JDub@

    JDub@ Guest

    Many thanks for your help there - I haven't solved the problem yet, but I'm a few steps closer!! :)

    Out of curiosity, what does the -f flag do?


  6. serve-you.net

    serve-you.net Guest

    root@ns ~>php -h
    Usage: php [-q] [-h] [-s] [-v] [-i] [-f <file>]
    php <file> [args...]
    -a Run interactively
    -C Do not chdir to the script's directory
    -c <path>|<file> Look for php.ini file in this directory
    -n No php.ini file will be used
    -d foo[=bar] Define INI entry foo with value 'bar'
    -e Generate extended information for debugger/profiler
    -f <file> Parse <file>. Implies `-q'
    -h This help
    -i PHP information
    -l Syntax check only (lint)
    -m Show compiled in modules
    -q Quiet-mode. Suppress HTTP Header output.
    -s Display colour syntax highlighted source.
    -v Version number
    -w Display source with stripped comments and whitespace.
    -z <file> Load Zend extension <file>.
  7. jest3r_fbsd

    jest3r_fbsd Guest

  8. DXTrim

    DXTrim Guest


    Try on the crom command:

    /usr/bin/php /home/httpd/vhosts/domain/httpdocs/path/file.php >/dev/null

    and check that your php file starts with:

    #!/usr/local/bin/php -q

    Hope this helps.


  9. JDub@

    JDub@ Guest

    Many thanks for the input folks. My developer managed to suss it out with the input of the poster above - It took a little more shuffling around, but this was the final command that appears to the job: -

    (pushd '/var/www/vhosts/domain/httpdocs'; /usr/bin/php -e -f tasks_minute.php5; popd)