Automating WordPress updates with cron and the wp-cli

Ain’t nobody got time to worry about updates. I’d rather have it break while updating than have it hacked by a script kiddie because I’ve neglected to login for a while. We will see if this ever breaks anything.

Install WordPress-CLI if you have not already.

Add all your sites to the script:

declare -a arr=(

for i in "${arr[@]}"
  echo $i
  cd /usr/share/nginx/html/$i
  sudo -u nobody wp core update

NOTE: Substitute /usr/share/nginx/html for the directory that holds your WordPress sites. Change user nobody to the user that owns the aforementioned directories. Check with ls -al, it might be the user that apache/nginx runs as, check that with top, htop, or ps -aux

Make sure it’s executable:

chmod +x

Run the script daily and live dangerously!

30 2 * * * bash /home/anthony/ >/dev/null 2>&1

Elastic search order by date and indexing with Ruby-on-Rails

The elastic search date field type seems like a lot of work. You have to manually map each date field parameter. All I really wanted to do was order by date, and this doesn’t necessarily rule out more complicated date range filtering. You just have to convert everything to Epoch millisecond time. Sometimes it just seems like the most standard format.

Map the field type in your elastic search index as a float. Changing a field type requires recreating the index.

mappings dynamic: 'false' do
 indexes :created_at, type: 'float'

In your method that converts the model to json for indexing, convert the date to milliseconds.

def as_indexed_json(options={})
  model_attrs = {
    :created_at => self.created_at.to_f

Now you can easily order by asc and desc.

Linux schedule a one off reboot or task

So the server requires a reboot because you updated the kernel but clients are using it and you don’t work at 1:00am? Not a problem…

echo "/sbin/shutdown -r now" |at 01:00 tomorrow

You can also the check the queued jobs with:


job 15 at Wed May  6 04:00:00 2015

And you can cancel the job like so:

at -r jobid

Or you can delete all jobs with:

atrm $(atq | cut -f1)

And as always RTFM