Unlike compiled languages, in PHP if you make a mistake, the program will crash when the line of code with the mistake is executed. When testing a PHP application, whether manually or automatically, developers spend a lot of their time discovering mistakes that wouldn’t even compile in other languages, leaving less time for testing actual business logic.
Cron is a time-based job that runs in the background at specific intervals or designated times. It allows you to run tasks and scripts automatically, making cron useful for automating maintenance-related tasks. Therefore, it is a very popular server administration tool.
Cron is present in all Linux distributions. However, if it is not installed, you can install it using apt: