View Full Version : Set time limit on spider.php or number of pages

04-26-2004, 04:09 PM

I use a commercial server which has limits to the amount of resources I can use with spider.php. They've warned me before about the script taking up too many resources and are threatening to shut me down. I usually give spider.php a list of 30 sites (level0 spidering depth) to spider at a time as a cron job

Can I limit spider.php to run a maximim of 10 minutes even if it hasn't completed a cron job on a list of url's, to help prevent my site from being shut down by an angry administrator?


Paul L

05-01-2004, 07:25 AM
Hi. If your host allows, set a cron job like so:

10 * * * * ps -ef | grep 'php -f spider.php' | awk '{print $2}' | xargs kill -9

10 * * * * : complete this line to be 10 minutes after spider start
ps -ef : list out the processes
grep 'php -f spider.php' : find the spider process
awk '{print $2}' : get PID from column two
xargs kill -9 : kill the spider process