Sometimes server acts weird and stops some services due to any issue. I faced this issue with my WordPress demo sites server, where MySQL service stops after running the clean script to remove demo sites after three days. So I created a Cron Job on my DigitalOcean Ubuntu Droplet to check if and start MySQL service if it’s not running. I scheduled this to run the check every minute. Here’s the code and steps to setup this cron job.

NOTE: You must have ssh access to your server. DigitalOcean provides ssh access as soon as you create a droplet.

Creating Shell Script

Step 1: Open Terminal and login to your server as root via ssh.

Step 2: Create shell script file.

cd ~

This will let you create a shell script in the root directory for the root user. You can use any name as per your preferences for the .sh file.

Step 3: Write the script to check and restart MySQL and send an email alert.

if [[ ! "$(/usr/sbin/service mysql status)" =~ "start/running" ]]
    echo "MySQL restarted" | mail -s "Email Subject"
    sudo service mysql start

Make sure you change the Email Subject and email address.

Step 4: Once you are done with the script press CTRL + x and you will be asked to save the changes. Type Y and hit enter. You will be returned to the terminal and file will be created in the root directory.

Step 5: Give this file executable permissions

chmod +x

Testing the Script

Now our script is ready, let’s test if this runs fine.

Enter following commands in the terminal:

/usr/sbin/service mysql status

The terminal will print something like this:
mysql start/running, process 2409

/usr/sbin/service mysql stop

This will stop MySQL service, to verify run the status command again and it will print something like this:
mysql stop/waiting


This will run the script we created to check and restart the service. You should get an email with the subject and message to the email address you specified in the script.

Run the status command again and it should print
mysql start/running, process ####

If everything goes well in this step, let’s create the cron job to run our script every minute

Create Cron Job

Step 1: Installing the cron job

Make sure you are logged into your server via ssh as root, then type the following command in terminal:

crontab -e

Once you see the crontab screen type the following line at the end of this file:

*/1 * * * * /root/

Press CTRL + x and you will be asked to save the changes, press Y and hit enter. You will see the following line in terminal:
crontab: installing new crontab

Now our cron job is installed.

To test if it runs fine, Type following command:

/usr/sbin/service mysql stop

This will stop MySQL service on your server. Now you should wait for one minute and get an email with the subject and message we specified in the file.

Hope you find this helpful.


Mohit Aneja
I am an experienced designer and developer with a solid knowledge & experience of current web and mobile technology. I am a problem solver at heart and strive to develop the most effective solutions at the highest of standards and current technology.

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