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September 10, 2019

How Nexcess clients on physical (non-cloud) servers can use SiteWorx to update cron variables such as Shell, Path, and Mailto.


  • Do not modify the cron variables unless you have an understanding of how they work and what they control.

  • Note that Path is the environmental variable for Path, not the path to your script.


This method works only for non-cloud accounts. To modify a cron job in your Nexcess Cloud account, see instead How to schedule cron jobs in Nexcess Cloud.

  1. Log in to your SiteWorx account.

  2. On the main menu, click Hosting Features > Cron Jobs.

  3. On the System CRON Management page, under the CRON Options section, click Edit.

  4. In the CRON Options section, type the following information:

    1. SHELL: Select the linux shell to run the cron jobs.

    2. PATH: Type the search paths for the cron jobs.  Attention: PATH is the environmental variable, not the path to your script.

    3. MAILTO: Type the email address to receive all output from the cron jobs.

  5. Click Update.

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Jason Dobry
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