Cron Question

wordpress

#1

Installing the WordPress Plug-In Postie. Finish up requires a crontab which I seem to have working (based on suggested crontab from the Postie ReadMe) but can someone tell me what this means:
/dev/null 2>&1
Does it have something to do with the log files?
Thanks.


#2

It means you’re not watching (American) football playoffs, or are multi-processing. :wink:

/dev/null is the bitbucket where you send output you don’t want to see; probably there is a > before it. 2>&1 sends error output (2) to the same place as standard output (1).

tor.eff.org


#3

Thanks Tor, I’ll know now how to dig a little deeper.
Turned out I spoke too soon and for some reason I couldn’t save the crontab I was writing (error message, very confusing). So I reverted to another one that used a curl command instead. It seems to be working.I’d go on but I think it might better be expressed in a more Weblog / Postie / Setup post I may make later on in case I can save total Newbs like myself some trouble.


#4

I’m not even sure exactly what it’s doing, but as far as automating checking the pop3 account associated with the Postie (email to Wordpress blog) plug-in goes, this crontab seems to be working.

MAILTO = “”
*/5 * * * * curl http://www.mysite.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/postie/get_mail.php

If anyone who knows better sees something missing or that will get me into trouble later, please let me know.
Thanks.