On 6 December 2010 15:46, Ferdi <ferdinan...@printo.in> wrote:
> On 6 December 2010 20:47, Steve Staples <sstap...@mnsi.net> wrote:
>> On Mon, 2010-12-06 at 20:29 +0530, Ferdi wrote:
>> > Greetings List members,
>> >
>> > I have a script that takes quite a while to run, one or two hours, I wish
>> to
>> > redirect the normal php output to a file on the webserver itself. I don't
>> > mind if in the process, the browser displays a blank page. The reason I
>> want
>> > to do this is that if the script crashes or the browser Is closed by
>> > mistake, I have absolutely no record of where the script stopped running.
>> >
>> > I could use code like below
>> > At the beginning of the script:
>> > ob_start();
>> >
>> > At the end of the script:
>> > $page = ob_get_contents();
>> > ob_end_flush();
>> > $fp = fopen("output.html","w");
>> > fwrite($fp,$page);
>> > fclose($fp);
>> >
>> > However, I see some problems with this:
>> > I'm not too sure of the size of the output. It may balloon to over the
>> > buffering limit (in PHP? Apache?) and then what happens?
>> > Secondly, if the script crashes before the end, I won't get any output.
>> > Finally, I am using a library in the script that outputs status and error
>> > messages of its own. So, if I manually opened a file and used fwrite()
>> > alongside echo for my messages, I would lose out on those messages.
>> >
>> > Anybody has any pointers on how you could send the output not only to a
>> > browser, but also to a file on the webserver? If not, at least to a file?
>> >
>> > Thanks and regards,
>> > Ferdi
>> Just curious, but if it takes that long to run, why are you running it
>> from a browser?  why not run it from the commandline, that way you dont
>> have to change your php.ini for the webserver (increasing the timeout,
>> memory limits, etc etc... you can change those for the CLI only?
>> 2 hours is a long time to "hope" that the browser doesn't close, or
>> connectivity doesn't get interupted for even 1 microsecond...
>> if the script has "breaks" in it, where it starts to do something else,
>> you can put in an email to yourself, to say "hey, we're HERE now"
>> but i would look into running it from the CLI over the webserver, you
>> would be less likely to run into issues on something that takes that
>> amount of time to run.
>> If you needed the output to be displayed on a webpage, you can write the
>> progress to a file, and then have a php webpage that reads the file, and
>> using ajax or whatever, refresh the content.
>> good luck in your script, and if you still run it from the browser, and
>> need to output to a file, then i would continually be writing content to
>> that file, every time you do soemthing, or start another part of the
>> script so you know EXACTLY where you are, at all times...
>> Steve
> Hi Steve,
> Thanks for the tips. To answer your queries, I don't mind using CLI. How do
> I then ensure the messages, error or otherwise, output by the library I use,
> show up in the file I'm outputting to? Please note that I only make calls to
> the functions and object methods from this library and error or success
> messages are probably echo'd by the code from the library.
> I believe some context is in order. I am actually sending an email to a
> large number of our customers (around 10,000), each with the customer's
> name.
> My script does output a simple success or failure message. The library
> outputs more technical info. All I would like to know is which email got
> sent and which one failed. As you point out, I could write the success /
> failure messages to a file, but, I would also like to capture the messages
> output by the library.
> Thanks and regards,
> Ferdi

I would log the success/failure with the data (assuming it is coming from a DB).

If not, you could use a simple file_put_contents($filename, date('r')
. $text . PHP_EOL, FILE_APPEND);

That would append 1 line of text at a time to the file. Using tail on
that file would show you the last work done (and when it was done).

Richard Quadling
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