I have setup a cronjob in my custom module and it works fine. I know this because i put a PHP email script in there and I do in fact receive the email. The problem is with loading the customer model. It won't load the customer, much less save a customer attribute.

A few things: 1. Yes entity_id 50 does absolutely exist. 2. When I leave the first 3 lines in pendingApproval() I do not get the email. When i remove them I do get the email. 3. I have tried changing the email, firstname, lastname. Nothing. But this same code works when I run it in a controller in my browser.

Do i have the wrong current store or what? It's strange because I have another method in the same observer.php file and I make a call to the getModel('customer/customer') and it allows me to retrieve and save. However, it does not utilize a cronjob.

Any help is appreciated. Been messing with this for hours.

            <schedule><cron_expr>*/1 * * * *</cron_expr></schedule>


class MyCompany_Referral_Model_Observer {

public function pendingApproval() {

    $customer = Mage::getModel('customer/customer')->load(50);
    $customer->setEmail('[email protected]');

    $to      = '[email protected]';
    $subject = 'alex';
    $message = 'ljoe';
    $headers = 'From: [email protected]' . "\r\n" .
        'Reply-To: [email protected]' . "\r\n" .
        'X-Mailer: PHP/' . phpversion();

    mail($to, $subject, $message, $headers);  



1 Answer 1


Best thing I can suggest is to enable logging to see what is going on. Or you can wrap the save set of code in a try catch block so you can see if there is an exception being thrown.

try {
    $customer = Mage::getModel('customer/customer')->load(50);
    $customer->setEmail('[email protected]');
} catch (Mage_Core_Exception $e) {
    Do something here with $e

You could also try calling validate on the customer object before calling save

  • Wow thanks for much for your comment. Simply wrapping it in a try catch fixed it. No error existed. May 31, 2014 at 7:09

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