As it says in the title:

I have a script in shell that runs a report by using this command in CLI:

php /shell/myscript.php --profile 1

Now, i want to add it to crontab so it will be something like this:

0 * * * * /usr/bin/php -f PATH_TO_FILE/myscript.php --profile 1

But the above command is incorrect, and in the same time this is how magento works with this shell scripts, so i don't know how to proceed from here:

Any ideas?

  • "But the above command is incorrect" - what error do you get? Jun 21, 2017 at 15:39

1 Answer 1


The shell scripts often contain require 'abstract.php';, so they must be run within the shell directory itself. In that case, use a crontab like this:

0 * * * * cd /path/to/magento/shell && php myscript.php --whatever
  • i tried the following: */10 * * * * cd /home/path/to/shell && php run_data_flow_profile.php --profile 26 but it's not working, no errors in /var/log/cron and the same command works if i put it manually in console/terminal. any ideas ?
    – Abude
    Jun 21, 2017 at 20:32
  • try /usr/bin/php (or whatever the path to your PHP binary is), the PATH environment variable might not be available. If that still does not work, I suspect a problem within your PHP script Jun 21, 2017 at 21:09
  • thanks fabian, i've tried also with the path to PHP bin but still doesn't work, if the script have some issues then it shouldn't be working manually also right ? any other ideas to try ?
    – Abude
    Jun 21, 2017 at 21:15
  • when i run with /usr/bin/php i get this: Error in argument 3, char 2: no argument for option -
    – Abude
    Jun 21, 2017 at 21:25
  • i was referring the wrong bin, thank you for help, worked like a charm!
    – Abude
    Jun 21, 2017 at 22:58

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