This question is a sequel on Why is the database not updated before a next Rule is launched?. I have a Rule that schedules a Rules component 5 seconds after the current time (this number is arbitrarily chosen). Since this component uses information from a frequently changing View, it should be executed as soon as possible. However, in my current configuration, that only happens when cron is run; which takes place once in an hour.

Can I somehow force a cron run (eventually with Rules) when the Rules component is scheduled?

  • The best I can think of for implementing a Rules Action to for cron to run, is to create your own custom Rules Action, in which you invoke drupal_cron_run Sep 14, 2016 at 9:59
  • @Pierre.Vriens: That sounds like a great idea to me if that is easier/better for performance than using another module like Elysia Cron or Ultimate Cron.
    – Jeroen
    Sep 14, 2016 at 10:02
  • Now you make me doubt if I should write that down as an actual answer ... Sep 14, 2016 at 10:10
  • @Pierre.Vriens: Haha, you are the expert here, so the decision is yours. I am new to cron and stuff, so I don't really know what the best practices are or what the drawbacks of a frequently running cron are.
    – Jeroen
    Sep 14, 2016 at 10:17
  • I'd be interested in an answer that doesn't involve a custom Rules Action, I can't imagine nobody ever had a similar requirement. Maybe somebody like @NiallMurphy might come up with an interesting solution ... Sep 14, 2016 at 10:30

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you can give this module a try , it makes it possible to run cron via configurable rules Ultimate cron

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    I'd be interested how to "configure" those "rules", using this module, so that cron is triggered "when the Rules component is scheduled" (as in the question. Sep 14, 2016 at 9:55

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