The uWSGI cron-like interface¶
uWSGI’s master has an internal cron-like facility that can generate events at predefined times. You can use it
- via the uWSGI API, in which case cron events will generate uWSGI signals
- directly via options, in which case events will run shell commands
uWSGI signal based¶
uwsgi.add_cron() function is the interface to the uWSGI signal cron
facility. The syntax is
uwsgi.add_cron(signal, minute, hour, day, month, weekday)
The last 5 arguments work similarly to a standard crontab, but instead of “*”, use -1, and instead of “/2”, “/3”, etc. use -2 and -3, etc.
import uwsgi def five_o_clock_on_the_first_day_of_the_month(signum): print "It's 5 o'clock of the first day of the month." uwsgi.register_signal(99, "", five_o_clock_on_the_first_day_of_the_month) uwsgi.add_cron(99, 0, 5, 1, -1, -1)
Timers vs. cron¶
Recurring events not related to specific dates should use timers/rb_timers. When you are interested in a specific date/hour use cron.
uwsgi.add_cron(99, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1) # ugly, bad and inefficient way to run signal 99 every minute :( uwsgi.add_timer(99, 60) # much better.
weekdayare ORed as the original crontab specifications.
- By default, you can define up to 64 signal-based cron jobs per master. This
value may be increased in
You can define cron tasks directly in configuration with the
You can specify an unlimited number of option-based cron records. The syntax is
the same of the signal-based ones.
[uwsgi] cron = 59 2 -1 -1 -1 /usr/bin/backup_my_home --recursive cron = 9 11 -1 -1 2 /opt/dem/bin/send_reminders
<uwsgi> <cron>59 2 -1 -1 -1 /usr/bin/backup_my_home --recursive</cron> <cron>9 11 -1 -1 2 /opt/dem/bin/send_reminders</cron> </uwsgi>
[uwsgi] ; every two hours cron = 0 -2 -1 -1 -1 /usr/bin/backup_my_home --recursive
When your instance is part of a The uWSGI Legion subsystem, you can configure it to run crons only if it is the Lord of the specified Legion:
[uwsgi] legion = mycluster 184.108.40.206:1717 100 bf-cbc:hello legion-node = mycluster 220.127.116.11:1717 ; every two hours legion-cron = mycluster 0 -2 -1 -1 -1 /usr/bin/backup_my_home --recursive
This feature is available since 1.9.11.
Some commands can take a long time to finish or just hang doing their thing. Sometimes this is okay, but there are also cases when running multiple instances of the same command can be dangerous.
For such cases the
unique-legion-cron options were added. The syntax is the same as with
legion-cron, but the difference is that uWSGI will keep track of execution state and not execute the cronjob again until it is complete.
[uwsgi] cron = -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 sleep 70
This would execute
sleep 70 every minute, but sleep command will be running longer than our execution interval, we will end up with a growing number of sleep processes.
To fix this we can simply replace
unique-cron and uWSGI will make sure that only single sleep process is running. A new process will be started right after the previous one finishes.
Available since 1.9.11.
--cron-harakiri will enforce a time limit on executed commands. If any command is taking longer it will be killed.
[uwsgi] cron = sleep 30 cron-harakiri = 10
This will kill the cron command after 10 seconds. Note that
cron-harakiri is a global limit, it affects all cron commands. To set a per-command time limit, use the
cron2 option (see below).
New syntax for cron options¶
Available since 1.9.11
To allow better control over crons, a new option was added to uWSGI:
[uwsgi] cron2 = option1=value,option2=value command to execute
[uwsgi] cron2 = minute=-2,unique=1 sleep 130
Will spawn an unique cron command
sleep 130 every 2 minutes.
Option list is optional, available options for every cron:
minute- minute part of crontab entry, default is -1 (interpreted as *)
hour- hour part of crontab entry, default is -1 (interpreted as *)
day- day part of crontab entry, default is -1 (interpreted as *)
month- month part of crontab entry, default is -1 (interpreted as *)
week- week part of crontab entry, default is -1 (interpreted as *)
unique- marks cron command as unique (see above), default is 0 (not unique)
harakiri- set harakiri timeout (in seconds) for this cron command, default is 0 (no harakiri)
legion- set legion name for use with this cron command, cron legions are only executed on the legion lord node.
Note that you cannot use spaces in options list. (
minute=1, hour=2 will not work, but
minute=1,hour=2 will work just fine.)
If any option is missing, a default value is used.
[uwsgi] # execute ``my command`` every minute (-1 -1 -1 -1 -1 crontab). cron2 = my command # execute unique command ``/usr/local/bin/backup.sh`` at 5:30 every day. cron2 = minute=30,hour=5,unique=1 /usr/local/bin/backup.sh
[uwsgi] legion = mycluster 18.104.22.168:1717 100 bf-cbc:hello legion-node = mycluster 22.214.171.124:1717 cron2 = minute=-10,legion=mycluster my command
This will disable harakiri for
my command, but other cron commands will still be killed after 10 seconds:
[uwsgi] cron-harakiri = 10 cron2 = harakiri=0 my command cron2 = my second command