Setup cron job for apache user


As long as you don’t need root permissions in your PHP application / script, it is recommended to set up cron jobs with a web server specific user.

1. Find the apache user

Get the current apache user from the process status.

2. Edit the tab

Edit the crontab with the option -u and the specific apache user. This command will create a user-specific cron file in /var/spool/cron/crontabs/.

Set up your crontab and save the changes with CTRL-O.

3. Check the syslog file

After that, check the syslog file to make sure that the cronjob is running correctly.