time resource provides cron-like functionality. It is used to to trigger a job in a cron-like manner. This resource can be used used as an IN input for any job. The timezone used for triggering jobs is UTC.

You can create a time resource by adding it to shippable.resources.yml

  - name:           <string>
    type:           time
    seed:           <object>
  • name -- should be an easy to remember text string

  • type -- is set to time

  • seed -- is an object which contains specific properties that apply to this resource

          interval: "*/2 * * * *"

    The interval follows the standard Cron format. For example, the snippet above will trigger the job at 2 min intervals.

Used in Jobs

This resource is used as an IN for any type of job.

Default Environment Variables

Whenever time is used as an IN or OUT for a job that can execute user defined scripts, a set of environment variables are configured by the platform that may be useful to set the context before user defined scripts execute as part of the job. These variables are available when this resource is used.

<NAME> is the the friendly name of the resource.

Environment variable Description
<NAME>_NAME The name of the resource.
<NAME>_ID The ID of the resource.
<NAME>_TYPE The type of the resource. In this case time.
<NAME>_OPERATION The operation of the resource; either IN or OUT.
<NAME>_PATH The directory containing files for the resource.
<NAME>_SEED_INTERVAL Interval defined in the seed section.
<NAME>_SOURCENAME SourceName defined in the pointer.
<NAME>_VERSIONID The ID of the version of the resource being used.
<NAME>_VERSIONNUMBER The number of the version of the resource being used.

Shippable Utility Functions

To make it easy to use these environment variables, the platform provides a command line utility that can be used to work with these values.

How to use these utility functions is documented here.

Further Reading