The official kohana module for running tasks via the CLI

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Minion is a framework for running tasks via the CLI.

The system is inspired by ruckusing, which had a nice system for defining tasks but lacked the desired flexibility for kohana integration.

Getting Started

First off, download and enable the module in your bootstrap

Then copy the bash script minion alongside your index.php (most likely the webroot). If you'd rather the executable be in a different location to index.php then simply modify the bash script to point to index.php.

You can then run minion like so:

./minion {task}

To view a list of minion tasks, run minion without any parameters, or with the --help option

./minion --help

To view help for a specific minion task run

./minion {task} --help

For security reasons Minion will only run from the cli. Attempting to access it over http will cause a Kohana_Exception to be thrown.

If you're unable to use the binary file for whatever reason then simply replace ./minion {task} in the above examples with

php index.php --uri=minion --task={task}

Writing your own tasks

All minion tasks must be located in classes/task/. They can be in any module, thus allowing you to ship custom minion tasks with your own module / product.

Each task must extend the abstract class Minion_Task and implement Minion_Task::_execute().

See Minion_Task for more details.


Code should be commented well enough not to need documentation, and minion can extract a class' doccomment to use as documentation on the cli.


This module is unittested using the unittest module. You can use the minion group to only run minion tests.


phpunit --group minion

Feel free to contribute tests(!), they can be found in the tests/minion directory. :)


This is licensed under the same license as Kohana.