I have a magento site hosted on a hostgator shared plan. It only allows me to run cron jobs which are more than 15 mins. I have used the following format to run the cron job.

*/15    *   *   *   *   php /home/username/public_html/path/cron.php

Still my 'cron_schedule' table is empty. I have also set the cron.php file permission to 755. (Magento ver.


Contacted hostgator, They ran the script manually and still the 'cron_schedule' table is empty.

  • contact hostgator, mostly they will fix for you..... Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 17:14
  • Contacted host gator. They ran the cron.php script manually and still the 'cron_schedule' table is empty. Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 17:54
  • It would be better to change the cronjob to cron.sh instead of cron.php and make sure cron.php is not available from public, as anyone else could trigger your cronjobs then. See also: magento.stackexchange.com/a/63717/231 Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 18:32
  • */15 * * * * www-data /bin/sh /path/to/magento/cron.sh cron.php -m=default */15 * * * * www-data /bin/sh /path/to/magento/cron.sh cron.php -m=always Added these two cron jobs as well. But still it was also no use Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 16:17

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I Installed a plugin called AOE Scheduler from this url https://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/aoe-scheduler.html

And then i went to schedule -> Job Configuration and clicked Generate Schedule button. Then it gave me an exception. The exception was a about a 3rd party plugin called cron doctor. I uninstalled the plugin and my cron jobs started working fine.

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