Taskit - Overview

Taskit is a rails plugin to allow you to schedule simple tasks for your rails app.

Tasks can be scheduled at varying frequencies or times of day.

To schedule tasks, all you need to do is add the relevant entries into the tasks and scheduled_tasks database tables (that this plugin creates).  At the scheduled times, the specified (class) method of the appropriate class will be called.

You will also need to set up a something to call the task runner periodically (such as a cron job).

Creating the database structure

To create database structure required for this plugin, just run the rake task like this:
rake db:migrate:taskit

Note: This will create tables called 'tasks', 'scheduled_tasks' and 'scheduled_task_logs'. If these names conflict with other tables in your database, please just adjust the names of the tables in this plugin's lib/db/migrate folder, and the names of the corresponding models in app/models.

Cron job

You need to set up something to call the task runner periodically.  This can be achieved by a cron-invoked script, which uses script/runner.  

For, example, you might have a script like this (don't forget to give the cron user execute permissions on this file with chmod +x): 
<path to ruby>/ruby <path to rails project>/script/runner -e production "Taskit.run_scheduled_tasks"
#end of file

...and a crontab entry to call that script every 10 mins (create with crontab -e):
*/10 * * * * <path to script>/ >><path to where you want to write logs>/taskit.log 2>&1


1. This will schedule a task which calls the clean_up method of the SessionCleaner class, every half an hour:

session_cleaner_task = Task.create(:name => "clean up sessions", :class_name => "SessionCleaner", :method_name => "clean_up")
ScheduledTask.create(:task_id =>, :frequency_id => Frequency::HALF_HOURLY)

2. This will schedule a task which calls the delete_old_locks method of the LockManager class every time the scheduler is invoked:

delete_old_locks_task = Task.create(:name => "delete locks", :class_name => "LockManager", :method_name => "delete_old_locks")
ScheduledTask.create(:task_id =>, :frequency_id => Frequency::ASAP)

3. This will schedule a task to call the send_invoices method of the InvoiceManager class ever day at 3 am:

invoice_sender_task = Task.create(:name => "mail invoices", :class => "InvoiceManager", :method_name => "send_invoices")
ScheduledTask.create(:task_id =>, :frequency_id => Frequency::DAILY, :time_of_day => 180)


See lib/app/models/Frequency.rb for all the available frequencies.

The ScheduledTask#time_of_day is specified in minutes past midnight. It is ignored for frequencies more frequent than daily. If it's omitted for frequencies of daily or less, then a default of midnight is used.

You can set up the tasks and scheduled_tasks wherever you like in your rails app (e.g. a migration, or a yaml file which you use for seeding the database).  

The tasks set up with a frequency of ASAP will run every time the scheduled task runner is invoked, i.e. every 10 mins if you use the example crontab entry above.

At the moment, Taskit only supports execution of class methods (i.e. not instance methods).

Coming soon: a rake task to create and schedule tasks.  

Copyright (c) 2009 Swirrl IT Limited, released under the MIT license

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