The task I wanted to run is a Bash script that runs a bit of Python code, rsync the newly generated data to a github project folder, then do a
Dreamhost already has
virtualenv installed on their
ssh shell. And here is a great resource on how to use it for installed the required python packages.
$ cd project_dir # first goes to the project folder $ virtualenv _myenv # this creates the _myenv environment in project_dir $ source _myenv/bin/activate # this activate _myenv $ pip install -r requirement.txt # this install the py packages you need in _myenv $ deactivate # this deactivate _myenv $ rm -rf _myenv # this delete the virtual environment _myenv
The other pieces
bash are all already available on Dreamhost’s
I just had to do a
git clone and run the python code in my project using the
_myenv (created above).
Cron Job on Dreamhost
Just follow this awesome article
But to config the Cron Job I need to know what time the Dreamhost server’s on. So in the SSH shell just do
$ date. And it seems the server’s on Pacific Standard Time.
Also note that Cron Job starts at root, so I found it super helpful by adding a
cd command to the directory my python script is first. e.g. in the command to run set it to something like:
cd /path/to/python/script/ && bash script_that_takes_care_of_all.sh