PHP scheduled jobs?

Brennan Stehling brennan at
Wed Feb 7 18:15:02 CET 2007

Interesting.  I suppose I could use a Perl script which sits and
listens for notifications and loads data into the MySQL database for
me.  I was hoping to avoid using a server-side language besides PHP
but if PHP is not going to work as a daemon process then Perl seems
like the right alternative.


On 2/7/07, Mathieu Lecarme <mathieu at> wrote:
> Brennan Stehling a écrit :
> > I am not terribly familiar with the lastest in PHP.
> >
> > One concept I am considering is a way to keep the state current on the
> > server for the webmail user.  Currently the PHP code is only run when
> > there is a request, but it would be helpful to have something running
> > on the server continually which can respond to events in real-time.
> >
> > Here is the idea.
> >
> > A user logs into the system and that updates a timestamp for their
> > date of last activity.  Each time the RC webmail client looks for new
> > messages it would update this timestamp.  The service running on the
> > server would be away of active sessions and watch their related IMAP
> > accounts for new activity.
> >
> > When a new message does arrive it can pull the summary data and place
> > it into the MySQL database so that when the webmail client looks for
> > an update it can just query the database and not MySQL.
> >
> > And when it does pull the updates from the server it will also just
> > hit the database for the summary data and only use the IMAP server
> > when pulling the full message.
> >
> > Has anyone seen PHP run on the server-side continually as a service?
> > How would we go about implementing that?
> >
> > Also, what facilities would PHP have to monitor a directory of files
> > for updates?  Will it just have to poll the directories and files for
> > the last update date?  Since PHP is largely just meant for web
> > applications I doubt it has a file system monitoring feature.
> >
> PHP is not a daemon, it's it secret weapon for managing memory leak and
> bad code. Every time a new PHP born, respond and die.
> For file monitoring, there is FAM (File Alteration Monitor)
> But it's out of scope, IMAP is an abstraction, you can't watch file
> modification, it's IMAP server business, not yours.
> IMAP is pull centric, not push. If you wont to do stuff like that, Cyrus
> (the most complete IMAP implementation) use notifyd, wich send some UDP
> packet when a mail comes, you can listen UDP port in a php script (not a
> server one), with a loop and all server stuff wich can put data in MySQL
> for its brother, php web.
> M.

Brennan Stehling

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