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I have a remote php file that I want to run once an hour. I set up cron to run this wget. I don't really care about what's in the file though, I don't want to save the results, so I run the -O and send it to /dev/null
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I don't know if the --spider option works to execute a script, but it might be worth trying. Note that the Drupal project uses the following in a cron job.
wget -O - -q http://localhost/drupal/cron.php
The output is sent to standard out so it can be logged by cron.
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