Chapter 34. Cron Jobs
A cron job builds on a regular job by allowing you to specifically schedule how the job should be run. Cron jobs are part of the Kubernetes API, which can be managed with
oc commands like other object types.
Cron Jobs are only available for OpenShift Online Pro. For more information about the differences between Starter and Pro tiers, visit the pricing page.
A cron job creates a job object approximately once per execution time of its schedule, but there are circumstances in which it fails to create a job or two jobs might be created. Therefore, jobs must be idempotent and you must configure history limits.
34.2. Creating a Cron Job
A cron job configuration consists of the following key parts:
- A schedule specified in cron format.
- A job template used when creating the next job.
- An optional deadline (in seconds) for starting the job if it misses its scheduled time for any reason. Missed jobs executions will be counted as failed ones. If not specified, there is no deadline.
ConcurrencyPolicy: An optional concurrency policy, specifying how to treat concurrent jobs within a cron job. Only one of the following concurrent policies may be specified. If not specified, this defaults to allowing concurrent executions.
Allowallows Cron Jobs to run concurrently.
Forbidforbids concurrent runs, skipping the next run if the previous has not finished yet.
Replacecancels the currently running job and replaces it with a new one.
An optional flag allowing the suspension of a cron job. If set to
true, all subsequent executions will be suspended.
The following is an example of a
apiVersion: batch/v1beta1 kind: CronJob metadata: name: pi spec: schedule: "*/1 * * * *" 1 jobTemplate: 2 spec: template: metadata: labels: 3 parent: "cronjobpi" spec: containers: - name: pi image: perl command: ["perl", "-Mbignum=bpi", "-wle", "print bpi(2000)"] restartPolicy: OnFailure 4
All cron job
schedule times are based on the timezone of the master where the job is initiated.
You can also create and launch a cron job from a single command using
oc run. The following command creates and launches the same cron job as specified in the previous example:
$ oc run pi --image=perl --schedule='*/1 * * * *' \ --restart=OnFailure --labels parent="cronjobpi" \ --command -- perl -Mbignum=bpi -wle 'print bpi(2000)'
oc run, the
--schedule option accepts schedules in cron format.
When creating a cron job,
oc run only supports the
OnFailure restart policies (
Delete cron jobs that you no longer need:
$ oc delete cronjob/<cron_job_name>
Doing this prevents them from generating unnecessary artifacts.
34.3. Cleaning Up After a Cron Job
.spec.failedJobsHistoryLimit fields are optional. These fields specify how many completed and failed jobs should be kept. By default, they are set to
1 respectively. Setting a limit to
0 corresponds to keeping none of the corresponding kind of jobs after they finish.
Cron jobs can leave behind artifact resources such as jobs or pods. As a user it is important to configure history limits so that old jobs and their pods are properly cleaned. Currently, there are two fields within cron job’s spec responsible for that:
apiVersion: batch/v1beta1 kind: CronJob metadata: name: pi spec: successfulJobsHistoryLimit: 3 1 failedJobsHistoryLimit: 1 2 schedule: "*/1 * * * *" jobTemplate: spec: ...