I'm trying to run my custom module that setup two cronjobs. Here is my config.xml file.

                    <cron_expr>*/2 * * * *</cron_expr>

                    <cron_expr>*/2 * * * *</cron_expr>

My cronjobs are not visible in cron_schedule table. One more thing is, that table is empty. What I need to do to setup these cronjobs?


In your local system, you have to use your browser to run http://yourdomain.com/cron.php or php-cli to execute cron.php in the root of the application.

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  • I tried mydomain/cron.php on my browser but It returns just an empty page. – saiid Jul 15 '16 at 12:56
  • Yes it returns empty page but now cron jobs are inserted in cron_schedule table. – Jaimin Parikh Jul 15 '16 at 12:58
  • but cron_schedule table is still empty – saiid Jul 15 '16 at 12:59
  • clear all cache and run it again. it works. – Jaimin Parikh Jul 15 '16 at 13:06
  • I remove var folder and again hit the cron.php file, but table is still empty – saiid Jul 15 '16 at 13:09

It appears to be a problem with the code for $isShellDisabled in cron.php I commented out the two lines that were determining it (around line 50) and made the results be true. $isShellDisabled = true;

The first time I ran it with that fix the table repopulated instantly and I do see changes each time the cron job runs.

Here's a thread on the same problem from ver 1.8:

Magento cron.php Does Nothing After it Runs

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The issue is magento_root/cron.php was not set in server crontab. We need to add this file in crontab so it worked for us as follow.

# crontab -l (this command will list all the Cron jobs in Crontab)

There should be an entry for magento_root/cron.php file. If not, we need to add this file because this file is responsible for initiating your Magento Cron jobs. So we need to edit the Crontab as follow.

# crontab -e

Add the following statement in the file and close after saving it.

*/5 * * * * wget -O /dev/null -q path_to_magento_root/cron.php > /dev/null

For more information, visit this link

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