setting of scheduled time

Issue #9 resolved
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Thanks for this nice package of software. It is really easy to use and it works for my tasks very well.

I just identified one issue:

After the run of a job the time when the next run of this job is scheduled is set to the actual time. This is not ideal, since for some reasons a job might be executed not exactly at the initally scheduled time.

For example I have a job that runs once a week and a server cron job that checks each hour for due jobs. If the job is due, let's say at 11p.m., and the cron job checks for due jobs at 11:10p.m. the job is conducted at 11:10p.m. and the next run is scheduled to start at the following week at 11:10p.m. Which will lead after some weeks to a pretty different time then the scheduled one. I would suggest to set the time to the initally set time, stored in the database.

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  1. Anonymous

    Hey, I think I solved this issue. Just some minor changes were needed. Please see the changes below.

    from django.contrib.auth.models import User
    from django.conf import settings
    from import call_command
    from django.db import models
    from django.template import loader, Context
    from django.utils.timesince import timeuntil
    from django.utils.translation import ungettext, ugettext, ugettext_lazy as _
    from django.utils.encoding import smart_str
    from chronograph.utils import get_manage_py
    import os
    import re
    import subprocess
    import sys
    import traceback
    from datetime import datetime
    from dateutil import rrule
    from StringIO import StringIO
    RRULE_WEEKDAY_DICT = {"MO":0,"TU":1,"WE":2,"TH":3,"FR":4,"SA":5,"SU":6}
    class JobManager(models.Manager):
        def due(self):
            Returns a ``QuerySet`` of all jobs waiting to be run.
            return self.filter(, disabled=False, is_running=False)
    # A lot of rrule stuff is from django-schedule
    freqs = (   ("YEARLY", _("Yearly")),
                ("MONTHLY", _("Monthly")),
                ("WEEKLY", _("Weekly")),
                ("DAILY", _("Daily")),
                ("HOURLY", _("Hourly")),
                ("MINUTELY", _("Minutely")),
                ("SECONDLY", _("Secondly")))
    class Job(models.Model):
        A recurring ``django-admin`` command to be run.
        name = models.CharField(_("name"), max_length=200)
        frequency = models.CharField(_("frequency"), choices=freqs, max_length=10)
        params = models.TextField(_("params"), null=True, blank=True,
            help_text=_('Comma-separated list of <a href="" target="_blank">rrule parameters</a>. e.g: interval:15'))
        command = models.CharField(_("command"), max_length=200,
            help_text=_("A valid django-admin command to run."), blank=True)
        args = models.CharField(_("args"), max_length=200, blank=True,
            help_text=_("Space separated list; e.g: arg1 option1=True"))
        disabled = models.BooleanField(default=False, help_text=_('If checked this job will never run.'))
        next_run = models.DateTimeField(_("next run"), blank=True, null=True, help_text=_("If you don't set this it will be determined automatically"))
        last_run = models.DateTimeField(_("last run"), editable=False, blank=True, null=True)
        is_running = models.BooleanField(default=False, editable=False)
        last_run_successful = models.BooleanField(default=True, blank=False, null=False, editable=False)
        subscribers = models.ManyToManyField(User, blank=True)
        pid = models.IntegerField(blank=True, null=True, editable=False)
        force_run = models.BooleanField(default=False)
        objects = JobManager()
        class Meta:
            ordering = ('disabled', 'next_run',)
        def __unicode__(self):
            if self.disabled:
                return _(u"%(name)s - disabled") % {'name':}
            return u"%s - %s" % (, self.timeuntil)
        def save(self, force_insert=False, force_update=False):
            if not self.disabled:
                    j = Job.objects.get(
                    j = self
                if not self.next_run or j.params != self.params:
                    #self.next_run = self.rrule.after(
                    self.next_run = self.rrule.after(self.next_run)
                self.next_run = None
            super(Job, self).save(force_insert, force_update)
        def get_timeuntil(self):
            Returns a string representing the time until the next
            time this Job will be run.
            if self.disabled:
                return _('never (disabled)')
            delta = self.next_run -
            if delta.days < 0:
                # The job is past due and should be run as soon as possible
                return _('due')
            elif delta.seconds < 60:
                # Adapted from django.utils.timesince
                count = lambda n: ungettext('second', 'seconds', n)
                return ugettext('%(number)d %(type)s') % {'number': delta.seconds,
                                                          'type': count(delta.seconds)}
            return timeuntil(self.next_run)
        get_timeuntil.short_description = _('time until next run')
        timeuntil = property(get_timeuntil)
        def get_rrule(self):
            Returns the rrule objects for this Job.
            frequency = eval('rrule.%s' % self.frequency)
            return rrule.rrule(frequency, dtstart=self.last_run, **self.get_params())
        rrule = property(get_rrule)
        def param_to_int(self, param_value):
            Converts a valid rrule parameter to an integer if it is not already one, else
            raises a ``ValueError``.  The following are equivalent:
                >>> job = Job(params = "byweekday:1,2,4,5")
                >>> job = Job(params = "byweekday:TU,WE,FR,SA")
            if param_value in RRULE_WEEKDAY_DICT:
                return RRULE_WEEKDAY_DICT[param_value]
                val = int(param_value)
            except ValueError:
                raise ValueError('rrule parameter should be integer or weekday constant (e.g. MO, TU, etc.).  Error on: %s' % param_value)
                return val
        def get_params(self):
            >>> job = Job(params = "count:1;bysecond:1;byminute:1,2,4,5")
            >>> job.get_params()
            {'count': 1, 'byminute': [1, 2, 4, 5], 'bysecond': 1}
            if self.params is None:
                return {}
            params = self.params.split(';')
            param_dict = []
            for param in params:
                if param.strip() == "":
                    continue # skip blanks
                param = param.split(':')
                if len(param) == 2:
                    param = (str(param[0]).strip(), [self.param_to_int(p.strip()) for p in param[1].split(',')])
                    if len(param[1]) == 1:
                        param = (param[0], param[1][0])
            return dict(param_dict)
        def get_args(self):
            Processes the args and returns a tuple or (args, options) for passing to ``call_command``.
            args = []
            options = {}
            for arg in self.args.split():
                if arg.find('=') > -1:
                    key, value = arg.split('=')
                    options[smart_str(key)] = smart_str(value)
            return (args, options)
        def is_due(self):
            reqs =  (self.next_run <= and self.disabled == False 
                    and self.is_running == False)
            return (reqs or self.force_run)
        def run(self, wait=True):
            Runs this ``Job``.  If ``wait`` is ``True`` any call to this function will not return
            untill the ``Job`` is complete (or fails).  This actually calls the management command
            ``run_job`` via a subprocess.  If you call this and want to wait for the process to
            complete, pass ``wait=True``.
            A ``Log`` will be created if there is any output from either stdout or stderr.
            Returns the process, a ``subprocess.Popen`` instance, or None.
            if not self.disabled:
                if not self.check_is_running() and self.is_due():
                        #try to import chronograph_settings
                    #    from aeon_infrastructure.settings import chronograph_python_path
                    #    chronograph_python_path = 'python'
                    #p = subprocess.Popen(['python', get_manage_py(), 'run_job', str(])
                    #removed the subprocess.Popen call since we had problem with the python path. call_command does the same work,
                    #but now in the process does not wait for the processes, since none is returned. thats the only difference we have now
                    call_command('run_job', str(
                    #if wait:
                    #    p.wait()
                    return None
            return None
        def handle_run(self):
            This method implements the code to actually run a job.  This is meant to be run, primarily,
            by the `run_job` management command as a subprocess, which can be invoked by calling
            this job's ``run_job`` method.
            args, options = self.get_args()
            stdout = StringIO()
            stderr = StringIO()
            # Redirect output so that we can log it if there is any
            ostdout = sys.stdout
            ostderr = sys.stderr
            sys.stdout = stdout
            sys.stderr = stderr
            stdout_str, stderr_str = "", ""
            #run_date =
            run_date = self.next_run
            self.is_running = True
   = os.getpid()
                call_command(self.command, *args, **options)
                self.last_run_successful = True
            except Exception, e:
                # The command failed to run; log the exception
                t = loader.get_template('chronograph/error_message.txt')
                c = Context({
                  'exception': unicode(e),
                  'traceback': ['\n'.join(traceback.format_exception(*sys.exc_info()))]
                stderr_str += t.render(c)
                self.last_run_successful = False
            self.is_running = False
   = None
            self.last_run = run_date
            # If this was a forced run, then don't update the
            # next_run date
            if self.force_run:
                self.force_run = False
                self.next_run = self.rrule.after(run_date)
            # If we got any output, save it to the log
            stdout_str += stdout.getvalue()
            stderr_str += stderr.getvalue()
            if stderr_str:
                # If anything was printed to stderr, consider the run
                # unsuccessful
                self.last_run_successful = False
            if stdout_str or stderr_str:
                log = Log.objects.create(
                    job = self,
                    run_date = run_date,
                    stdout = stdout_str,
                    stderr = stderr_str
            # Redirect output back to default
            sys.stdout = ostdout
            sys.stderr = ostderr
        def check_is_running(self):
            This function actually checks to ensure that a job is running.
            Currently, it only supports `posix` systems.  On non-posix systems
            it returns the value of this job's ``is_running`` field.
            status = False
            if self.is_running and is not None:
                # The Job thinks that it is running, so
                # lets actually check
                if == 'posix':
                    # Try to use the 'ps' command to see if the process
                    # is still running
                    pid_re = re.compile(r'%d ([^\r\n]*)\n' %
                    p = subprocess.Popen(["ps", "-eo", "pid args"], stdout=subprocess.PIPE)
                    # If ``pid_re.findall`` returns a match it means that we have a
                    # running process with this ````.  Now we must check for
                    # the ``run_command`` process with the given ````
                        pname = pid_re.findall([0]
                    except IndexError:
                        pname = ''
                    if pname.find('run_job %d' % > -1:
                        # This Job is still running
                        return True
                        # This job thinks it is running, but really isn't.
                        self.is_running = False
               = None
                    # TODO: add support for other OSes
                    return self.is_running
            return False
    class Log(models.Model):
        A record of stdout and stderr of a ``Job``.
        job = models.ForeignKey(Job)
        run_date = models.DateTimeField(auto_now_add=True)
        stdout = models.TextField(blank=True)
        stderr = models.TextField(blank=True)
        success = models.BooleanField(default=True, editable=False)
        class Meta:
            ordering = ('-run_date',)
        def __unicode__(self):
            return u"%s - %s" % (, self.run_date)
        def email_subscribers(self):
                subscribers = []
                for user in self.job.subscribers.all():
                    subscribers.append('"%s" <%s>' % (user.get_full_name(),
                    from_email = '"%s" <%s>' % (settings.EMAIL_SENDER, settings.EMAIL_HOST_USER),
                    subject = '%s' % self,
                    recipient_list = subscribers,
                    message = "Ouput:\n%s\nError output:\n%s" % (self.stdout, self.stderr)
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