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Default CRON jobs - 05-03-2011, 06:21 PM

I have a simple question.

If a CRON job downloads an external web page's page source, does that use up my account's bandwidth?
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Default 05-03-2011, 09:26 PM

Yes, it would as it measures traffic that passes through your account



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Default 05-04-2011, 03:11 AM

There are a couple of ways to reduce the amount of bandwidth used by Data Intergration (Scraping is an ugly word, especially if you have permission) by using either Python on the Google Apps Engine or Yahoo Pipes. Yahoo Pipes being a whole lot simpler plus it can be called both server side and client side so probably worth looking at first.

Either of these free external server services can be used to retrieve HTML data ( in accordance with the donor sites robots.txt file ) and perform much if not all the parsing required to extract the data you require before sending it to your site for storage and re-use. OR directly to the web page on the visitors PC thus sidestepping the bandwidth issue completely.

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Not done much expermentation with CRON here at 000, so this is just a supplemental note:

experience from other free hosting providers is that the CRON account lacks the required privaliges to query external URLs, send mail and POST form data etc
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