Run cron inside a docker container manually

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On production we have two separate services for web and cron but for some testing it was needed to run a command inside a docker container manually.
All tutorials I found explaining how to prepare a docker image with cron inside but it’s not what I needed.

The solution is pretty simple. Run the cron deamon itself in a background mode:

cron -f -l 2

Login into your docker container and add a command to the crontab schedule file:

vi /etc/crontab
* * * * * touch /tmp/testing.txt

That’s it. Cron is working, you can any command you need.

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