I have followed the tutorial on Magento dev docs to create a custom crontab. Checking the cron_schedule table and various logs, I can see that cron is successfully running M2 jobs (e.g. indexer, mailers), but not the custom crontab. There is no mention of it at all - no errors in the Magento or server logs; no entry in cron_schedule.

I have manually run cron serveral times, seeing the message "Ran jobs by schedule" each time. I have set cron to log to var/log/magento.cron.log, and there I see only the same "Ran jobs by schedule" message - no other output from the other M2 cron jobs which I know are running (because they show status "success" in cron_schedule).

The custom module crontab (etc/crontab.xml):

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:module:Magento_Cron:etc/crontab.xsd">
    <group id="default">
        <job name="cronjob_default" instance="Vex\SportIntBase\import\StoredProcCronDefault" method="execute">
            <schedule>* * * * *</schedule>

The class:

namespace Vex\SportIntBase\import;
use \Psr\Log\LoggerInterface;

class StoredProcCronDefault
    protected $_logger;
    private $_fetchers;

    const PATH = __DIR__ . 'vendor/vex/module-sport-int-base/import';

    public function __construct(LoggerInterface $logger) {
        $this->_logger = $logger;
        $this->_fetchers = array(

    public function execute() {
        $this->_logger->info('Beginning VexSport Stored Procedure Run (default)');
        foreach($this->_fetchers as $runSP) {
            include(SELF::$PATH) . $runSP;

Version info: M2 2.1.2, PHP 7.0.13, Debian 8.6.

Thanks for any ideas or suggestions. I'm stumped.

2 Answers 2


I think this is Usefull for you,

You need to use n98-magerun2 this will show all the error in cron jobs,

Download and Install Phar File

<m2-dir>$ wget https://files.magerun.net/n98-magerun2.phar

After seen in have n98-magerun2.phar file. with in m2-directory

next you need to list all the cron jobs, follow this command:

<m2 -dir> $ ./n98-magerun2.phar sys:cron:list

then, run cron job:

<m2- dir> $ ./n98-magerun2.phar sys:cron:run [cron jobname]

This will show you where error occur in your code.

follow this link

  • n98-magerun.phar is just for M1, while the author is asking for M2 solution
    – PY Yick
    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:25
  • @PYYick i updated my answer, check it n98-magerun2.phar is there in magento 2 Jun 30, 2017 at 5:31

I think you should check the log on the folder: /project/var/log

Anyway, you can test with a script for logs: For Magento <= 2.4.2

$writer = new \Zend\Log\Writer\Stream(BP . '/var/log/logfile.log');
$logger = new \Zend\Log\Logger();
$logger->info('Simple Text Log'); // Simple Text Log
$logger->info('Array Log'.print_r($myArrayVar, true)); // Array Log

For Magento >= 2.4.2

$writer = new \Laminas\Log\Writer\Stream(BP . '/var/log/test.log');
$logger = new \Laminas\Log\Logger();
$logger->info('Your text message');
$data = ["test" => "testing"];
$logger->debug(var_export($data, true));

So run cronjob by hand:

php bin/magento cron:run

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