: I am a pretty good PHP programmer and I wanted to create a script that ran every few minutes and my host doenst support cron jobs, but they said it would be able to do a similar job using cgi scripts. whats the difference between cgi and php? Can cgi run on its own with out someone actually going to that page?
As far as I know, a CGI program is any executable that gets called when you request it's URI. The output of that executable is what gets returned to the requestor.
PHP, of which I am not familiar, seems to be mostly for dynamically creating HTML. Whether or not it can call other executables I don't know.
Perhaps your host meant that you can write an exectuable script/program and have it installed as a CGI app, then you could have a program on your own machine request that URI every few minutes, causing the executable to run.
$ select * from users where clue > 0
no rows returned