Servers

Adding & Managing Server Jobs

Overview

Server Jobs allow you to define and schedule regular server tasks (shell commands). Under the hood, these are run as cronjobs.

Adding a new server job

To add a new server job:

  1. Click the Jobs tab from your Application Overview
  2. Click on the button for the type of job you wish to add
  3. Give give your new job a name
  4. Specify the command(s) you want to run and the user
  5. Set a schedule for the job - you can use cron syntax for more control over your scheduling
  6. Click Save

You will now see your new job listed in your Application Overview. You can edit it, or run it on demand by clicking on the small downward arrow. Your run results (success, failure and any output) can be seen in real-time on the job detail page.

Using parameters

When you are running a job on demand via dashboard or toolbelt, you can pass it parameters (if it is written to accept them).

Notation

Jobs use a facility in the shell called positional parameters. Positional parameters are a series of special variables ($1, $2 ... $n) that contain the contents of the command line. Where n is greater than 9 using braces. For example, to refer to the 15th positional parameter, use the notation ${15}.

cp $1 $2
ls $1 $2 $3 $4 $5 $6 $7 $8 $9 ${10} ${11}

Default values

You can handle default value for the parameter with following notation: ${n:-YOUR_DEFAULT_VALUE}. This is useful when you have ha job that scheduled and also you need to run it on demand sometimes.

Example below cp file $1 to tmp directory by default

cp $1 ${2:-/tmp}

Passing parameters to job

Since job is using positional parameters pass you arguments in order, eg: if you pass arg1 arg2, $1 would contain arg1 and $2 would contain arg2

You can also quote your argument if there is a space in the value.

Example

Job commandcp $1 ${2:-/tmp}
Passing arguments via dashboard"log*.txt" tmp/logs
Passing arguments via Toolbelt--arg "log*.txt" -- arg tmp/logs
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