cron issue... how-to someone please help


Jul 30, 2007
I am running a cgi script in my cgi-bin on my server. there is a link in the admin section of the script, that updates the pages that the script generates for surfers. i need to know how to setup a cron item that will basically make it so i don't have to login to the script with the admin user and pass and click the refresh link myself. I need to automate this chore so the cron does it everyday at 1 am server time.

what is the proper command to use in the basic cron view.

someone please help.



Jan 20, 2004
Prague, CZ
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Root Administrator
Can your script be accessed without entering username and password first? If not, then you have a problem, becouse Cron itself can't do it.

However if your script authentize users via HTTP auth, then you can try to call the script via URL with wget, for example:

wget --http-user=username --http-pass=password

(params can be supplied also by --post-data=xxxx if the script does not accept GET method data)

If the script uses different form of auth (cookies/session/session IDs), then you can try to extract your cookie information from your browser and use it with WGET (--load-cookies) however this will only work if that script does not verify IP/useragent for each session. Useragent can be simulated too (--user-agent) but IP can not.