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    Im in need of a script that can update a website based on date and time.

    Say I am going on vacation for a week, and the site I update regularly needs to be updated once during that week. I'm looking for a script that will take information from a "text" file and publish it when that date comes around. Is there something out there that can do this?

    Ie my vacation is between 8/27 - 9/6
    Update needed on 8/30

    Is there a way to take information from a text file and tell the page to publish it when 8/30 rolls around?
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  • #2
    yes but the php script can't do it alone. you will have to make a cron job and that tells the server to run a certain script. some ISP's don't allow cron jobs.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by scoutt
      yes but the php script can't do it alone. you will have to make a cron job and that tells the server to run a certain script. some ISP's don't allow cron jobs.
      I disagree, you cud have a script that cud say:

      if( the date is after whatever date){
      update the site;
      }

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      • #4
        really, then how is that script suppose to run when nobody is around to run it? he is talking automatic stuff here, not when somebody loads the site.

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        • #5
          If no one loads the site no one is gona see that it isn't update... If they load the site, and the script triggers a news post with a predefined date and stuff, thats just as good.

          But if did use a cron job it do that without someone loading, but who would see it before its loaded?

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          • #6
            ok I don't think you understand. where do you get your stuff to update?

            how do you update? do you do it through a database? do you paste text in the script? how do you do it?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by scoutt
              ok I don't think you understand. where do you get your stuff to update?

              how do you update? do you do it through a database? do you paste text in the script? how do you do it?
              i take it u dont code much PHP and therefore ur of little help to this topic and quite irritating to be honest with you.

              if you dont understand then dont bother.

              you can store the text whereever the hell you want. If he is using mysql then fair enough, if he isnt then it doesnt matter.

              basically all you would have is have:

              in tempfile.php put:
              sometemptext

              PHP Code:
              $file file('./tempfile.php');
              $line $file[0];

              // if the date is correct and the file is in tact
              if( date("n j") == '8 30' && $line == 'sometemptext'){

              // do the update
              mysql_query("INSERT INTO newsorwotever (field) VALUES ('$text')");

              // wipe the file so that it doesnt get updated again
              $fo fopen('./tempfile.php''w');
              fclose$fo );


              untested, but the principle would work fine as long as tempfile.php was chmoded correctly.

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              • #8
                yeah you're right, I don't code in php at all.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by scoutt
                  yeah you're right, I don't code in php at all.
                  sorry for snappin, I guess we all had to start sumwhere.

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                  • #10
                    no prob

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                    • #11
                      This is how forums update the online user list...derrrr

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