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Mahara ePortfolios Beginner's Guide by Derrin Kent, Thomas Bell, Richard Hand

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The last step — setting up a cron process

Before you can be let loose on your Mahara, there is one last thing that you must remember to do to complete the installation — set up a cron job. If, like me, when I installed Mahara for the first time, you are thinking, "What on earth is a cron job?", don't worry, it is relatively simple.

The cron job is a process that simply enables a number of tasks to be performed regularly, typically every 10 minutes. This is useful for updating RSS feeds, among other things. The easiest way to add a cron process on a Debian or Ubuntu Linux Server is to add a new entry in a file called crontab by using the following command:

crontab -e

This will open up the default cron file for editing. Add a line similar to the ...

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