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FTP fails to connect when executed by CRON
January 30, 2013
10:34 pm
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matt
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Hi,

 

I have multiple cron jobs setup to send the backups to a remote FTP server.  When I run the cron jobs manually from xcloner (from the cron tab, using the “execute cron” link next to each config file) they work perfectly… with the backup file landing safely on the remote ftp server.

 

But when the jobs are executed by cron the backups complete ok (and end up in the administrator\backups folder of the local host) but the FTP always fail with the error ftp_login() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given

 

I have tried using the hostname and the IP address of the FTP server, and also using both the Direct and Passive mode FTP settings in xcloner.  Just to re-iterate, the FTP works fine if I run the cron job from xcloner – it only fails when run via cron.

 

FYI regarding the cron jobs; they are being run from my GoDaddy hosting panel using the following code:

/web/cgi-bin/php5 “$HOME/html/<site name>/administrator/components/com_xcloner-backupandrestore/cloner.cron.php” db_backup.php

(this was the only format I could find that allowed the job to execute at all)

 

Many thanks for your help!

Matt

January 31, 2013
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If you made any changes to your cron settings, make sure you update your db_backup.php cron config as well by re-saving it, see if you have anymore issues afterwards!

January 31, 2013
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Many thanks but I did ensure that the different settings were saved.

 

For some reason the FTP is just not working when triggered by CRON 🙁

January 31, 2013
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Try and check with your hosting support to see if they can help further, it could be an issue from the hosting server firewall, althrough i am not sure why since it works on the other mode!

February 2, 2013
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Unfortunately GoDaddy were not much help at all, but I have resolved the issue thanks to another forum post regarding GoDaddy vs CRON in general…

 

My fix, in case it should help anyone else in the future, was not to use /web/cgi-bin/php5 etc etc, but to call the cloner.cron.php file using wget, as follows:

/usr/bin/wget -O – -q “http://<website url>/administrator/components/com_xcloner-backupandrestore/cloner.cron.php?config=db_backup.php”

 

For whatever reason using PHP doesn't allow the FTP to work, but the above does 🙂

 

xCloner rocks, thank you for such an awesome plug-in !!

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