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Getting Started with Magento Extension Development by Branko Ajzele

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Cron jobs

Cron jobs are used to schedule commands to be executed periodically by the cron. Cron is a a time-based job scheduler software in Unix-like computer operating systems. It is driven by a crontab (cron table) file, a configuration file that specifies shell commands to run periodically on a given schedule.

Magento cron jobs is a different kind of functionality than that just mentioned. It merely relies on the system cron software to trigger the root Magento cron.php or cron.sh files periodically. Keep that in mind while talking about cron and Magento cron jobs.

It is highly important that the system administrator has the system cron set to trigger the Magento cron.sh file at regular intervals, at least every five minutes. This can be done ...

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