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A crontab script wrapper written by python

Project description

This project is inspired by cronic and privided some useful functions like sending email error report by SMTP and store logs of crontab scripts.


Use pip install from github:

# Install from pypi
sudo pip install pycronic
# Or install from github
sudo pip install -e git+


After the installation, run “cronic” in your command line to verify:

$ cronic
Usage: cronic YOUR_COMMAND

$ cronic ls
Config file "/etc/pycronic.conf" does not exist!
Run "cronic init" to create a default one."

Now run “sudo cronic init” to creat a default config file under /etc, the default config file should looked like this:

# Log path for pycronic, pycronic will store all logs to this directory
log_path = /tmp/pycronic

# Send an error email or not, default to not send
send_alert_email = True

# Email Title
mail_title = [Cronic@%(host)s] Error occoured when running "%(command)s"

# Email receivers
# receivers =

# Email smtp server config
# username = username
# host =
# password = password
# FROM = Cronic <>
# port = 587

How to use

cronic will output nothing if no error has occured when running a script:

piglei@macbook-pro:etc$ cronic ls
piglei@macbook-pro:etc$ cat /tmp/pycronic/ls.log
[The script result will be stored in the log file]

But if an error has occured(cronic will check the standard error output), it will output an error message like this:

$ cronic ls asdf
Cronic Error Report

[2013-11-12 15:49:03.349575] Cronic detected failure or error output for the command:

ls asdf



ls: asdf: No such file or directory



If you have configured your crontab, now an email will send to your email address.

You can also config “/etc/pycronic.conf” to send mail through smtp instead of using crontab and this is the more recommended way.

Rock crontab

Now config your crontab, using pycronic to wrap your scripts:

$ crontab -e
# If you have not config your pycronic.conf's smtp config, you can still
# use crontab to send error emails.

*/5 * * * *  $cronic YOUR SCRIPT


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