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I have a table in CartoDB 'inland' that I would like to have automatically update each day at 8pm PST. I know that PostgreSQL has no internal function to run an UPDATE COLUMN function at a certain time of day. Is there a way to use Cron or PgAgent to do this? Would I need to setup CartoDB on my local machine instead of only using the webservice?

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  • Can't you use a cron in your machine that calls the webservice to do the update th?e Aug 22 '14 at 12:24
  • For the cron to work would I need to leave my computer on and be logged into Windows?
    – cbunn
    Aug 22 '14 at 15:46
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Have you considered setting up an UPDATE sql query through a URL such as:

http://{account}.cartodb.com/api/v2/sql?q=UPDATE INTO test_table (column_name) VALUES ('value')&api_key={Your API key}

and then setting up a schedule timer to visit that URL at a specific time of day?

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  • I have not considered doing that as I didn't know that was an option. How does that work? Also how would I setup a scheduled timer in my table? It sounds promising though.
    – cbunn
    Aug 26 '14 at 17:31
  • You can find more info on SQL URL queries here link. Basically whenever that URL is visited it will run the query. As far as setting up a timer, it depends on your computer system but I know you can setup a scheduled event in Windows which will tell windows to open the browser and navigate to a specific URL.
    – Daniel
    Aug 27 '14 at 2:21

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