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    Cron Job Problems

    Last night I put an RSS aggregator on my server. Frankly I love this app. and the one feature it misses I've asked the developer and he's going to do. I have however encountered a problem.

    I've never used cron jobs before and it needs to update the RSS list every ten minutes by calling fetch.php.

    If I visit this manually I just get...

    Quote Originally Posted by fetch.php
    ERROR: lockdir exists or isn't writable, please remove the folder 'lockdir' in order to continue
    I've tried around 20 different possibilities for server locations on this, any ideas! The instructions give this...

    Quote Originally Posted by INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS
    6) Create the following cron job, REMEMBER TO CHANGE THE PATH!!!
    */10 * * * * cd /path/to/lylina/ && /usr/bin/php fetch.php >/dev/null 2>/dev/null
    If you are using cPanel, you can add the following cron job using these steps:
    -Login to cPanel
    -Click the 'Cron jobs' button
    -Choose 'Standard'
    -Command to run should be, REMEMBER TO CHANGE THE PATH!!!
    cd /path/to/lylina/ && /usr/bin/php fetch.php >/dev/null 2>/dev/null
    -Set it to run Every Ten Minutes, Every Hour, Every Day, Every Month, Every Weekday
    Cpanel in its file manager gives this as the path...

    /public_html/mattdickins/rssreader/

    I'm using CPANEL 10
    Tis a linux server
    There's a limit to how much I can find out about it as it's not at home, however if you need more details please ask.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    At a guess I'd say the command line PHP interpreter runs as your own user but when you access it through the web server it runs as apache. Make sure 'lockdir' is writeable by the web server, I guess you probably can't chown or chgrp it to the apache user so you may need to chmod -R 666 it.

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    At a complete guess... there might be a bit of the path before /public_html/..., so you might need to go onto your hosting company's site and see what that bit is. For example, it might be something like this (I've just taken this from 3dpixelnet.com)

    /home/httpd/vhosts/matt-dickens.co.uk/public_html/mattdickins/rssreader/
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    chmodded it to 666, which refreshed to 155....

    User Group World
    Read Y Y
    Write
    Execute Y Y Y

    Am using the path Cpanel gives me.

    Returns this error:

    /bin/sh: line 1: cd: /public_html/mattdickins/rssreader/: No such file or directory

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_w
    At a complete guess... there might be a bit of the path before /public_html/..., so you might need to go onto your hosting company's site and see what that bit is. For example, it might be something like this (I've just taken this from 3dpixelnet.com)

    /home/httpd/vhosts/matt-dickens.co.uk/public_html/mattdickins/rssreader/
    Played around with different ones last night, might drop them an email.

    Thanks all.

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