[development] Batch API on cron

Alex Barth alex at developmentseed.org
Thu Jul 15 14:24:06 UTC 2010

On Jul 15, 2010, at 9:04 AM, Ken Rickard wrote:

> Drush scripts (especially bulk node processing) are subject to hitting
> PHP memory limits when processing large amounts of data.
> Anyone have ways around that issue?

Again: batching. Even tasks that are run with drush need to be worked  
off in chunks.

PHP's just not made for managing memory.

> On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 8:49 AM, Moshe Weitzman  
> <weitzman at tejasa.com> wrote:
>> I think drush scripts are your best bet. CLI PHP is not not subject  
>> to timeout.
>> On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 5:01 AM, Sven Decabooter <sdecabooter at gmail.com 
>> > wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I'm reading contradicting posts about running Batch API processes  
>>> on cron.
>>> This is for Drupal 6 BTW.
>>> I have tried implementing a batch functionality that should be run  
>>> on cron,
>>> but it doesn't seem to process the work that needs to be done.
>>> I assume this is because running the cron through a commandline  
>>> command
>>> doesn't allow for javascript...
>>> So my questions:
>>> - Have I implemented Batch API incorrectly, and should it normally  
>>> work also
>>> on cron?
>>> - What is the best way to run a process that would normally  
>>> trigger a php
>>> script timeout? Can I use the Queue module for that?
>>> I'm sure plenty of people have already tried doing this, so I'm  
>>> not sure why
>>> I can find little consistent information about it.
>>> Thanks for your feedback.
>>> Sven
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> Ken Rickard
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> http://ken.therickards.com

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