Background Jobs (Cron Overview)

This cartridge adds periodic job execution functionality to your OpenShift application.


To add this cartridge to your application, you can either add it when you create your application:

$ rhc app create <APP> ruby-1.9 cron

Or add it to your existing application:

$ rhc cartridge add cron -a <APP>

Creating a job

The jobs are organized in .openshift/cron directory of your application’s source. Depending on how often you would like to execute the job, you place them in minutely, hourly, daily, monthly, monthly.

The jobs are executed directly. If it is a script, use the "shebang" line to specify the interpreter to execute it.

#! /bin/bash
date > $OPENSHIFT_RUBY_LOG_DIR/last_date_cron_ran

The jobs need to be executable:

$ chmod +x .openshift/cron/minutely/awesome_job

Installing the job

Once you have created the job, add it to your application repository, commit and push.

$ git add .openshift/cron/minutely/awesome_job
$ git commit -m 'Execute bit set for cron job'
$ git push

Execution timing

The jobs are run by the node’s cron at a specified frequency, however the exact timing is not guaranteed. If this unpredictability is not desirable, you can instrument your job to inspect the date and/or time when your job runs.

For example, the following minutely job would do anything useful only at 12 minutes after the hour.

minute=$(date '+%M')
if [ $minute != 12 ]; then
# rest of the script

Another useful example would be running a job every 5 minutes, as seen here.

You would place this code snippet in an executable file in the minutely cron job folder.

if [ ! -f $OPENSHIFT_DATA_DIR/last_run ]; then
  touch $OPENSHIFT_DATA_DIR/last_run
if [[ $(find $OPENSHIFT_DATA_DIR/last_run -mmin +4) ]]; then #run every 5 mins
  rm -f $OPENSHIFT_DATA_DIR/last_run
  touch $OPENSHIFT_DATA_DIR/last_run
  # The command(s) that you want to run every 5 minutes