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How to add a cron task

Hi,

I need to add a cron task that is supposed to run every 10 minutes.

This is the code I was given by the developers of my software:

/usr/bin/wget --delete-after https://mysite.com/starter.php >/dev/null 2>&1

I’m not sure where to go after I log in to my server. I’d appreciate if someone could give me a step by step instruction. Thanks Tom


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Here’s the command to run to enter the crontab utility where you can copy/paste the cron job:

crontab -u <user> -e

Then paste the command like this:

*/10 * * * * /usr/bin/wget --delete-after https://mysite.com/starter.php >/dev/null 2>&1

Save with the editor and that’s it.

Hey friend,

Great question! Figure out how frequently you want it to run and use this: https://crontab-generator.org/

When it gives you the full crontab line entry, run “crontab -e” via SSH and paste it at the bottom of the file, save it and you’re set :)

Jarland