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Hey, it's Ereb

Basically, it's easy installable cron with web interface. Just pip3 install ereb && ereb and open localhost:8888
Ereb is not based on system crond, it works with own scheduler written using Tornado.
It has:

  • stderr, stdout of each task run
  • historical data about slowest and most failing tasks
  • no memory leaks (hope so, but uptime >months without memory leak is normal)
  • crond syntax
  • Slack notifications
  • Tyler The Creator as a logo

And the best thing about ereb: it really works and made already thousands task runs on our servers.

How to install

pip3 install ereb

JSON api

get /status => info about next runs
get /tasks => tasks list
get /tasks/foo => extended info about foo task with recent task runs
post /tasks/foo => update foo task config
get /tasks/foo/task_runs/%id% => get task run %id% info for foo task
get /tasks/foo/run => manual run of foo task
get /tasks/foo/shutdown => kill currenly running foo task


Backend development

First you do
pip3 install -r requirements.txt


python3 ereb/

UI development

For js app building you need webpack (and nodejs of course)
You can use webpack-dev-server, so

cd ereb/ereb-wi
npm install
npm install -g webpack
npm install -g webpack-dev-server


And your live-reloadable app will be served on localhost:8080

After work done, you have to make production build with
cd ereb/ereb-wi && webpack -p
and commit changes to repo :)

Migration from crontab

Use utility

crontan -l | python3 --output_dir=./etc

to generate tasks from your crontab file.
Important! Check new tasks after that!

Task config example

  "cmd": "while :; do echo 'Hit CTRL+C'; sleep 1; done",
  "cron_schedule": "* * * * *",
  "description": "",
  "enabled": true,
  "group": "",
  "timeout": 10,
  "name": "infinite_loop",
  "shell_scripts": [],
  "task_id": "infinite_loop"


To turn on notifications

cp notifier.json.example notifier.json

and make proper shell commands.
Token %s in config will be replaced with your real error message.

Then use --notify-to parameter for running, for example to use slack do:

python3 --notify-to=slack

Clean history

rm -rf var/


Example monit config (for ereb installed via pip)

check process ereb pidfile /PATH/TO/EREB/tmp/
    start program = "ereb & echo $! > /PATH/TO/EREB/tmp/"
    stop program = "/bin/bash -c '/bin/kill `cat /PATH/TO/EREB/tmp/`'" with timeout 65 seconds
    group system


My web interface stopped responding

This may happen if you have a big number of tasks and/or their schedule is quite frequent.
In this case history storage's task_runs table (we have sqlite3 database) gets pretty big
after a while and causes task scheduler component to block the web interface's i/o loop.

There is an issue already opened up about this
problem, but until it is resolved you can try cleaning up your task_runs table.

To clean up all history data for task runs older than a month, simply log into sqlite3 (assuming
your database file has a standard var/ereb.db location):

sqlite3 var/ereb.db

and run a DELETE command:

DELETE FROM task_runs WHERE started_at < datetime('now', '-1 month');
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