I have a 10% discount rule applied on a specific category. Everything works fine, but costumers who buy between 0h00m and 1h00m dont get the discount which is annoying because they are expecting the discount…

I have search the web for this and apparently is because catalog price rules are applied on a daily base, that means they are finished @ midnight everyday and then recalculated at 1.00 am which leaves me with a gap.

After reading this article: http://www.solvingmagento.com/quick-tip-magento-catalog-price-rules-dont-work/

I have tried to change the config.xml(s) to narrow the gap.

        <cron_expr>5 0 * * *</cron_expr> 


        <cron_expr>10 0 * * *</cron_expr> 

but i only got the rules to stop working completely… now, they only restart by manually apply all rules inside promotions>catalog price rules

Any ideas on how to fill this gap?

1 Answer 1


You can try to add direct call to catalog update in cron.php file (two lines prefixed with +):

try {
+    $observer = Mage::getModel('catalogrule/observer');
+    $observer->dailyCatalogUpdate("1 0 * * *");
} catch (Exception $e) {

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