Bug #7825


WP Cron fails to spawn on production

Added by Raymond Hoh about 7 years ago. Updated about 7 years ago.

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I was checking to see if a scheduled task that I added to WP cron was there or not and it appears that WP cron doesn't appear to be working.

I used the following wp-cli command to see if WP cron was functioning correctly:
wp cron test

And that throws back the following error:

Error: WP-Cron spawn failed with error: cURL error 28: Operation timed out after 3001 milliseconds with 0 out
of -1 bytes received

I then checked the cron schedule with:

wp cron event list

And there are a bunch of older cron events dating as far back as March 7th that haven't run. This might be the cause of other issues such as #7346. Also, I'm guessing that no one has received a daily digest since March 7th.

I did some brief research to see what might be causing the problem and a Github user notes that might not be in the HOSTS file during the cURL lookup:

We'd have to confirm with Lihua if that is the case or not.

I also just tested WP cron on the development server and it appears to be working there though.

Related issues

Related to CUNY Academic Commons - Bug #7376: automatic forwarding of blog posts not workingRejectedBoone Gorges2017-01-10

Related to CUNY Academic Commons - Bug #7762: RBE post didn't go throughResolvedRaymond Hoh2017-03-20

Actions #1

Updated by Raymond Hoh about 7 years ago

  • Related to Bug #7376: automatic forwarding of blog posts not working added
Actions #2

Updated by Raymond Hoh about 7 years ago

  • Related to Bug #7762: RBE post didn't go through added
Actions #3

Updated by Raymond Hoh about 7 years ago

Boone - I think my suspicions are correct.

If you do the following:

$args = array(
    'timeout'   => 0.01,
    'blocking'  => true, // I changed this to 'true' from 'false' in order to get some output.
    /** This filter is documented in wp-includes/class-wp-http-streams.php */
    'sslverify' => apply_filters( 'https_local_ssl_verify', false )

// Use the Commons homepage as a test.
$test = wp_remote_post( home_url( '/' ), $args );
var_dump( $test );

You'll see that the HTML markup is for and not

So it appears that cURL is not finding correctly.

We should contact Lihua about this.

Actions #4

Updated by Boone Gorges about 7 years ago

Odd - I have been getting digests, so at least some cron jobs are running.

But your diagnosis sounds right. Can you write to Lihua and CC me?

Actions #5

Updated by Raymond Hoh about 7 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Rejected
  • Target version changed from 1.10.15 to Not tracked

Boone - I was about to write to Lihua, but I wanted to test cron again to confirm my findings.

wp cron test now appears to work, though I'm not sure why.

However, if you run wp cron event list, it is still showing older cron events instead of upcoming ones.

I installed WP-Crontrol on production to see if wp-cli might be showing the wrong data and there are differences. Check out WP-Crontrol's version at "Tools > Cron Events" in the WP admin dashboard. WP-Crontrol appears to have newer events, but is still showing expired ones and no upcoming events.

This might be due to the Memcached object cache plugin we are using. I forget which specific one we are currently using on production, but it might be the one by tollmanz:

However, tollmanz's plugin is old. Human Made has forked it and has been making improvements:

Not sure if we want to be messing around with switching object cache plugins, but thought I'd mention this.

Since you stated that you are receiving daily digests, I presume that cron is in fact working, so I'm going to close this as rejected.

Actions #6

Updated by Boone Gorges about 7 years ago

It does sound like it might be a cache issue, though it's very strange that it'd persist for this long. Since the cache array gets updated fairly frequently, you'd think that cache discrepancies would flush themselves pretty quickly.

I think we are using tollmanz's drop-in. It's definitely worth examining Human Made's (thanks for pointing it out btw - I hadn't seen it before, and I need to reach out to them regarding but, like you suggest, I don't think it's worth it for the purposes of this ticket.

Let's remember that this ticket exists if we hear about any weirdness related to scheduled events.

Actions #7

Updated by Raymond Hoh about 7 years ago

Boone - I decided to send an email to Lihua.

It's quite possible that wp-cron.php is not being executed or resolving properly, which is why we're seeing a backlog of older cron events and no upcoming ones. Better safe than sorry.

Actions #8

Updated by Raymond Hoh about 7 years ago

Just to update this thread, Lihua made a change to the HOSTS file and now WP's cron tasks look correct when accessed via the WP admin dashboard's "Tools > Cron Events" page.

wp-cli is still showing older events, but I take that as a conflict between our Memcached object cache drop-in and wp-cli.


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