Configure scheduled tasks

Before running the commands shown on this page, you should load the Bitnami stack environment by executing the installdir/use_APPNAME script (Linux and MacOS) or by clicking the shortcut in the Start Menu under “Start -> Bitnami APPNAME Stack -> Application console” (Windows). On OS X VMs, the installation directory is /opt/bitnami and OS X VM users can click the “Open Terminal” button to run commands. Learn more about the Bitnami stack environment and about OS X VMs.

NOTE: The Approach A sections referred to below do not apply to Bitnami native installers. Users of Bitnami native installers should refer only to the Approach B sections.

Moodle(TM) LMS requires a cron task that must be run regularly. The administrator can do this from the admin panel’s “Site Administration -> Notifications” menu. To run this task in the background, create a cron job. To edit the crontab, follow these steps depending on your installation type:

Approach A: Bitnami installations using system packages

Cron tasks are already installed and enabled by default. To update the existing cron entry or add a new one, follow these steps:

  • Open and edit the /etc/cron.d/moodle cron file for Moodle.

  • Add the following line:

      */1 * * * * daemon installdir/php/bin/php installdir/moodle/admin/cli/cron.php > /dev/null
  • Save and exit.

Once configured, this cron entry will run the script every minute.

Approach B: Self-contained Bitnami installations

  • Run the following command to edit the cron entry:

      $ sudo crontab -e
  • Add the following line:

      */1 * * * * sudo su daemon -s /bin/sh -c "installdir/php/bin/php installdir/apps/moodle/htdocs/admin/cli/cron.php > /dev/null"
  • Save and exit.

Once configured, this cron entry will run the script every minute.

Last modification June 16, 2021