Cronfed monitors basic batch jobs, or any other cron-based scheduled commands by parsing a given mailbox and turning it into an RSS feed. The feed can in turn be monitored with your browser, feedreader or other RSS-compatible service (such as IFTTT).
Simply add a cron job to generate the feed, pointing it at a
web-accessible location (such as a
public_html directory or your
site's assets directory). Check out the example for some real-world
Cronfed usage, with an explanation of how cron and Cronfed work
Cronfed is Minimum Viable Monitoring, aimed at providing a basic threshold of monitoring without complex automation or dependencies. It's targeted at smaller projects which otherwise might go without any monitoring at all. It's so easy to set up and use on the standard Linux/BSD machine that there's no reason to not use it from Day 1. While Cronfed makes attempts at limiting the amount of information externalized, it is not recommended for jobs with extremely-sensitive information.
"Cronfed: It's the least you could do!"
Cronfed is pure Python, has no system library dependencies, and should work wonders on any POSIX machine with a functioning cron daemon and local mail system:
pip install cronfed
python -m cronfed --help to see options, or read on for a
First, let's look at a basic cron job. This one will fetch our data once an hour, on the hour:
0 * * * * /usr/bin/python /home/myuser/project/fetch.py 2>&1 | tee -a /home/myuser/project/logs/fetch.txt
Notice how the output (
stderr) is piped to a log file,
but using the
tee command. This ensures that the output goes to the
file as well as
cron captures that
stdout and puts it
into an email, which then gets sent to the user who owns the job. This
usually means the email goes to
myuser@localhost, which on many
distributions means that it is saved to
/var/mail/myuser. Do note
that if the command generates no output, then
cron will not send
an email, so it's a good idea to emit an error message.
Once we're sure that email is being delivered, we're halfway there. Now we just need the actual Cronfed cronjob:
*/15 * * * * /usr/bin/python -m cronfed --output /var/www/mysite/assets/cronfed.rss /var/mail/myuser 2>&1 | tee -a /home/myuser/project/logs/cronfed.txt
In this example we have the installed
cronfed module regenerating
our feed every fifteen minutes. This is a pretty quick process in most
cases, so feel free to make it more often. In this case, the output of
cronfed itself is monitored in exactly the same way as normal cron
jobs, with a logfile and email to
Cronfed was created for Hatnote to monitor the periodic data refreshes necessary to generate The Weeklypedia. See those cron jobs and more in the Weeklypedia crontab.
- Copyright: (c) 2015 by Mark Williams and Mahmoud Hashemi
- License: BSD, see LICENSE for more details.