ohmycron -- Cron simplified
Frequently when debugging cron jobs, one finds that:
One needs to use locks to keep more than one copy of frequently running jobs from running at the same time.
One wishes to load the user environment --
/etc/profileas well as RC files in
Generally, one would
HOMEfor application specific users.
The path should include
The output of the cron job should be logged to Syslog, which both prevents
cronfrom raising errors about mailers and allows you to see what went wrong if something did.
ohmycron does all this and more, managing locks with a POSIX API, so that
the OS takes care of cleaning up locks for failed proceseses.
ohmycron as a wrapper
ohmycron to the commands in your crontab keeps your crontab clean
and transparently adds logging, locking and environment loading.
* * * * * root ohmycron sleep 10 * * * * * root ohmycron --tag update:ohmycron -- curl -sSfL 'https://raw.githubusercontent.com/instacart/ohmycron/master/ohmycron' -o /usr/local/bin/ohmycron
ohmycron as the cron shell
SHELL=/usr/local/bin/ohmycron (or another path if you have installed
ohmycron elsewhere) transparently adds locks, logging and environment setup
to all the jobs in a cron file. (Tasks are actually run with Bash.) It is does
something the wrapper can't do, too: support multi-statement commands which
use the shell operators
|| and so forth.
SHELL=/usr/local/bin/ohmycron * * * * * root sleep 10 * * * * * root : update:ohmycron ; curl -sSfL 'https://raw.githubusercontent.com/instacart/ohmycron/master/ohmycron' -o /usr/local/bin/ohmycron
You can explicitly name a cron job with a Bash "no-op comment":
: <some words> ;. (In Bash,
: is a no-op; the arguments to the no-op command are
sudo curl -sSfL 'https://raw.githubusercontent.com/instacart/ohmycron/master/ohmycron' -o /usr/local/bin/ohmycron sudo chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/ohmycron