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Typical low cost shared hosting providers do not provide cron access, and the few Windows web hosting providers I have researched, do not provide task scheduling.
How is scheduling of Perl scripts handled in this type of restrictive environments?
I am thinking of calling my script from a web page and then my clients (who will use this script) can call that web page every X minutes using some service, which checks to see if the site is up or not. This solution seems ugly. Any alternatives?
Second, your idea of having the script run as a CGI and just visit the URL on a scheduled basis can work too. I've done that before. You can just use Windows Task Scheduler to visit the URL daily or whatever. It works well. Not quite as reliable as cron, but it works.
It says to enter commands in this form.
GET [yourdomain.com...] > /dev/null
That command would be linux specific but obvious some way to do the same in a windows enviroment.