[Backgroundrb-devel] repeat_every doesn't tie in with first_run...

Brett Walker lapomme00 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 7 07:49:14 EDT 2006


Sorry for inundating the list.  In using the autostart, repeat_every,
and first_run, I noticed a behaviour I didn't expect.

I would like the job to run starting at 2am, and then every 24 hours.
So I set first_run to Time.now.beginning_of_day + 2.hours, and
repeat_every to 24.hours.

The problem is if backgroundrb starts up at 6am (due to a code change
or server bump), then the process runs immediately (because first_run
< Time.now), and then runs every 24 hours from that time, so 6am every
day.  I was expecting more cron-ish behaviour, where it would start at
the first_run time and repeat based on that initial time.

Is this the proper behaviour?  Personally, I like the cron style
better - it gives me tighter control, which might be required for
better resource utilization.  If I want it to start running
immediatley, I can put in first_run Time.now.



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