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I've tried different ways to setup cron jobs.

When using that cron job, the file is not able to read the parameters (like key, etc.)

/usr/bin/wget -O - -q -t 1 http://www.site.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/bin/cron.php?name=XXXX&pass=XXXX&key=XXXXX

The e-mail I received says: ERROR: You need to send a valid key to execute this file.

When using those cron jobs, they are not running:

/usr/bin/wget -O - -q -t 1 'http://www.xxxx.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/bin/cron.php?name=XXXX&pass=XXXX&key=XXXXX'

/usr/bin/wget -O - -q -t 1 "http://www.xxxxx.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/bin/cron.php?name=XXXX&pass=XXXX&key=XXXXX"

When working with php-cli:

php /home2/xxx/public_html/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/bin/cli.php -s xxxxx.org -u XXXX -p XXXXX -e Job -a execute

The PHP error log says:

PHP Fatal error: cli.php can only be run from command line. in /home2/xxxxx/public_html/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/bin/cli.class.php on line 91

When submitting the link directly in the browser, it works well.

PHP 5.4.43 CiviCRM 4.6.7 Wordpress 4.4.1

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    I also get the message 'ERROR: You need to send a valid user name and password to execute this file' but intermittently so I think it's a bug, and not going to help you with debugging your problems. That message comes from the Civi code in System.php. For what it's worth, here's my cron statement which does work: wget -O - -q -t 1 "example.co.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/bin/…"
    – Andy Clark
    Feb 2 '16 at 17:36
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    Try submitting the link directly in a browser to see if it works, or takes an error. You may learn more about the problem.
    – DaveD
    Feb 2 '16 at 21:32
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    I have reported the spurious message (discussed above) - it's issues.civicrm.org/jira/browse/CRM-17954 I get these messages once/twice day with cron running perfectly!
    – Andy Clark
    Feb 3 '16 at 8:43
  • I had similar problems. See civicrm.stackexchange.com/questions/11027/…
    – P a u l
    Apr 10 '17 at 20:50
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You may want to try creating a wgetrc file that contains all your values. Check the man page for wget as a reference.. Here's a wgetrc of mine:

post-data=name=civicron&pass=<password>&key=<sitekey>
output_document = -
quiet=on
timeout=1

Also - check your Apache/nginx logs for the actual URL that was requested that corresponds to a wget that resulted in a "You need to send a valid key" error. Maybe something is getting truncated; the web server log can help determine this.

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Thanks for helping. Looking at the log showed that everything after & was getting truncated.

There should be "backslash" () sign before "and" (&) sign.

/usr/bin/wget -O - -q -t 1 http://www.site.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/bin/cron.php?name=XXXX\&pass=XXXX\&key=XXXXX

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