I am using a shared host that which doesn't support CRON/TaskScheduler (it is a windows Godaddy server).

I need to search on email server for new emails on each 1 hour, I have the script on PHP.

Can I use PERL to emulate a task on certain times, or is there any other alternatives?

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    Just find a different hosting provider. You can probably even find a VPS for under $50/yr if you look hard enough. – tdammers Mar 18 '13 at 10:19
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    @tdammers This is strictly a programming related question. I just want to know the possibilities. – Red Mar 18 '13 at 10:22
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    You have a problem. Programming is not the solution to your problem. Hence I suggested a non-programming solution. Do with it what you want. – tdammers Mar 18 '13 at 10:35
  • Yep. If Cron is not supported then programming can hardly help you. Asking you to look into Celery might be overkill. – Bibhas Mar 18 '13 at 10:45
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    @tdammers You are misunderstanding me. I just want to know the ability of PERL , i can have a different host. But its not the actual scenario. Does PERL can do this in some ways ? ex : a sleep of 1 hour ... – Red Mar 18 '13 at 12:22

Perhaps a little "outside the box", but you could expose your code as a channel If This Then That (https://ifttt.com/) understands (for instance, an RSS feed), and then create a recipe that starts on a timer, and reads your "feed", kicking off your code?

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  • +1, this is the modern version of "write a web service. Then have your home PC hit that web service on a scheduled basis." – Wyatt Barnett Mar 18 '13 at 21:34

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