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PHP Cron Job Lock: Manage lock files while a cron job is running

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This class can manage lock files while a cron job is running.

It extends the loader class to provide functions that use file locks to check if a given cron task runs so the job does not run multiple times.

The class can also unlock the file to allow the same cron job to run again when it is time.

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Cron a is a popular program that is available in UNIX-based operating systems like Linux. It is capable of running other programs at specific schedules.

This capability of the cron program is helpful to execute tasks that need to be done regularly, like, for instance, creating a backup copy of a database.

Some tasks cannot be executed more than once at the same time. One way to assure that a job runs only once at a time is to use file locks.

This package uses file locks to prevent that the same task executes more than once.

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Dframe/Cron - Component

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$ composer require dframe/cron


Cron is a service to perform tasks periodically. It allows you to execute a command at a specified time. Sending emails is such an example.

use Dframe\Cron\Task;
use Dframe\Router\Response;

ini_set('max_execution_time', 0);

require_once dirname(__DIR__) . '/../../../vendor/autoload.php';
require_once dirname(__DIR__) . '/../../../web/config.php';

 * An anonymous Cron class that calls itself
return (new class() extends Task

     * Init function
     * @return array
    public function init()
        $cron = $this->inLock('mail', [$this->loadModel('Mail/Mail'), 'sendMails'], []);
        if ($cron['return'] == true) {
            $mail = $cron['response'];
            return Response::renderJSON(['code' => 200, 'message' => 'Cron Complete', 'data' => ['mail' => ['data' => $mail['response']]]]);

        return Response::renderJSON(['code' => 403, 'message' => 'Cron in Lock'])->status(403);




lockTime(string $key, $ttl = 3600)

Lock time

if ($this->lockTime('mail')) {
    return Response::renderJSON(['code' => 403, 'message' => 'Time Lock'])->status(403);

inLock(string $key, object $loadModel, string $method, $args = [], $ttl = 3600)

This method has a built-in method that blocks it until complete.

$this->inLock('mail', [$this->loadModel('Mail/Mail'), 'sendMails'], []);

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