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Setting up cron on a Jumpline server

Jumpline set up their cron a little differently to most. To set this up you will need to know a few things.

Firstly, the path to your cron file can be found in the settings page of Interspire Email Marketer. If you are running Interspire Email Marketer or above Interspire Email Marketer will attempt to let you know what your complete cron command is.

(/usr/bin/php -f path/to/cron.php or something like this)

If you are not running this version Interspire Email Marketer will simply display the path to cron. If you do not see the /usr/bin/php or something like this then you will need to find this out using ssh.

To use ssh you will need an appropriate program. We use Putty here. When you use this application you will need to connect using the same details as your FTP account. This is usually your domain name for Jumpline Accounts. When you have loaded the command prompt you will then need to use your Jumpline FTP user name and password to be able to use ssh.

Once you are in you can type the command 'which php' to show you the path to PHP if you did not already know this from your Interspire Email Marketer settings page.

Next you will need to type the command:

vi /var/spool/cron/<username>
Where the user name is your ftp user name that you used as a login to ssh.

This will open up the editor vi where you need to type 'i' for Insert.

From here you will need to type the following:

*/10 * * * * /usr/bin/php -q /path/to/cron.php

If your settings page 'Path to PHP' is different to this then use that. If the command 'which php' showed a different result to '/usr/bin/php' then use that.

Basically what this is doing is saying run this command every 10 minutes, use php (and this is where you can find it), and this is the file that I want you to run.

When you have done this hit the escape key. Then hold Shift and hit Z twice. This will exit vi and save the information that you just typed.

From here type 'crontab' and if you do not receive any errors then you have done this correctly and you are ready to 'Enable Cron' in your settings page of Interspire Email Marketer .

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