At 10:04 PM 11/24/2001 -0500, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
>Sort of like cron doing what you would do if you visited
>page.php and once it's hit, it emails specified users in a database
>Would I need path to php in the cron script to do this?
>Or am I just living a dream?

It sure can.  There's a couple of ways to accomplish this.  I personally 
think the easiest way is to code your page like normal, then call it in a 
cron job via lynx.  Let's say you have a page called "page.php" that 
connects to your database, retrieves the email addresses, and sends the 
emails.  To call it from a cron job add the following to your crontab:

0 8 * * * /usr/bin/lynx -dump http://localhost/page.php > 

Of course this means your script is in your public web space, so 
theoretically could be called by anyone who knew the name of the page.  You 
could put the page in a subdirectory and add an .htaccess file that 
restricts access to only to take care of that if it concerns you.

If you have PHP installed as a CGI then you could also write your page as a 
shell script.  As the first line of your script put the line:

#!<path to php> -q

I haven't personally used this method because I have PHP installed as an 
apache module and I was too lazy to compile the CGI version.  Using lynx in 
the above configuration works fine for me...

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