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For all those people who forget to run their harvest timer. Here's a little script that will bug you when you do. Runs on OSX.
* Helper script that can be run in cron to bug you when you forgot to run a harvest timer.
* install terminal-notifier via:
* sudo gem install terminal-notifier
* Make sure to adjust your credentials.
* Schedule via crontab -e to run weekdays 9-5
* <star>/10 09-17 * * 1-5 php <path-to-script>
* replace <star> with *
$credentials = "your_email_address:your_passwordpassword";
$url = "http://<subdomain>";
$headers = array(
"Content-type: application/xml",
"Accept: application/xml",
"Authorization: Basic " . base64_encode( $credentials )
$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url );
curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_VERBOSE, 0 );
curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1 );
curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 60 );
curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $headers );
curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, "The Harvest Bugger" );
$data = curl_exec( $ch );
if ( curl_errno( $ch ) ) {
} else {
// Show me the result
if ( ! preg_match( '#<timer_started_at#', $data ) ) {
system( '/usr/bin/terminal-notifier -message "No Harvest timer running" -title "Harvest bugger"' );
curl_close( $ch );

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commented Nov 17, 2016

The script still works but on line 13, it should be https.

Also no need to install terminal-notifier, a simple notification through apple script can do:

        system(" osascript -e 'display notification \"No Harvest timer running?\"' ");
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