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However, I found that the dispatcher function within the class is a new process every time it executes. So if I update the cron, the changes are lost once the function completes.

You mean, if you were to update the cron table from one of the jobs? Yes, those changes would be lost.

I've been using the example code above in production for 2 years now, and it runs beautifully. I have a large application, which gets loaded at startup, and using fork to launch each process on linux is really cheap (as it makes use of Copy on Write). It also means that different jobs can run simultaneously.

In Schedule::Cron there is an option nofork, which (not surprisingly) launches the jobs without forking :) - this would let you alter your cron table, but would only run jobs sequentially.

Instead of that, you could consider making your daemon re-read the cron table whenever it receives a signal of your choosing, eg $SIG{USR}, then your child job could update the cron table, and signal its parent.


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