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Kronos makes it really easy to define and schedule tasks with cron
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Define tasks

Kronos collects tasks from cron modules in your project root and each of your applications:

# app/

import kronos
import random

@kronos.register('0 0 * * *')
def complain():
    complaints = [
        "I forgot to migrate our applications's cron jobs to our new server! Darn!",
        "I'm out of complaints! Damnit!"

    print random.choice(complaints)

Kronos works with Django management commands, too:

# app/management/commands/

from import NoArgsCommand

import kronos

@kronos.register('0 0 * * *')
class Command(NoArgsCommand):
    def handle_noargs(self, **options):
        print('Hello, world!')

If your management command accepts arguments, just pass them in the decorator:

# app/management/commands/

from import BaseCommand

import kronos

@kronos.register('0 0 * * *', args={'-l': 'nb'})
class Command(BaseCommand):

    option_list = BaseCommand.option_list + (
      make_option('-l', '--language',
        dest    = 'language',
        type    = 'string',
        default = 'en')

    def handle(self, *args, **options):
        if options['language'] == 'en':
          print('Hello, world!')

        if options['language'] == 'nb':
          print('Hei, verden!')

Run tasks manually

$ python runtask complain
I forgot to migrate our applications's cron jobs to our new server! Darn!

Keep in mind that if the registered task is a django command you have to run it in the normal way:

$ python task

List all registered tasks

$ python showtasks
* List of tasks registered in Kronos *
>> Kronos tasks
    >> my_task_one
    >> my_task_two
>> Django tasks
    >> my_django_task

Register tasks with cron

$ python installtasks
Installed 1 task.

You can review the crontab with a crontab -l command:

$ crontab -l
0 0 * * * /usr/bin/python /path/to/ runtask complain --settings=myprpoject.settings $KRONOS_BREAD_CRUMB
0 0 * * * /usr/bin/python /path/to/ task --settings=myprpoject.settings $KRONOS_BREAD_CRUMB

Usually this line will work pretty well for you, but there can be some rare cases when it requires modification. You can achieve it with a number of settings variables used by kronos:

Python interpreter to build a crontab line (defaults to the interpreter you used to invoke the management command).
Management command to build a crontab line (defaults to in the current working directory).
Extra path which will be added as a --pythonpath option to the management command.
Extra string added at the end of the command. For dirty thinks like > /dev/null 2>&1
Extra string added at the beginning of the command. For dirty thinks like source /path/to/env &&. If you use the virtualenv, you can add the environment path by echo "KRONOS_PREFIX = 'source `echo $VIRTUAL_ENV`/bin/activate && '" >> myprpoject/

Define these variables in your file if you wish to alter crontab lines.

The env variable $KRONOS_BREAD_CRUMB is defined to detect which tasks have to be deleted after being installed.


$ pip install django-kronos

... and add kronos to INSTALLED_APPS.


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