Upgraded from 4.6.11 to 4.7.1 and now this this error when running /wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/bin/cron.php

Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'Exception' with message 'Function "is_admin()" is missing, even though WordPress is the user framework.' in /home/xxxx/public_html/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/CRM/Utils/System/Base.php:261 Stack trace: #0 /home/xxxx/public_html/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/CRM/Utils/System.php(219): CRM_Utils_System_Base->theme('PEAR_Error('DB Error: insuf...', -26, 16, Array, ' [nativecode=10...') #5 /home/xxxx/public_html/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/packages/PEAR.php(564): DB_Error->DB_Error(-26, 16, Array, ' [nativec in /home/xxxx/public_html/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/CRM/Utils/System/Base.php on line 261

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  • Running a script with this command: /usr/local/bin/php /home/xxxx/public_html/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/bin/cli.php -u mysqluser -p mysqlpass -e Job -a execute i think the primary error is "DB Error: Insufficient Permissions" - however, i can log into MySql with the same credentials manually without any problem. Mar 20, 2016 at 23:03

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On a WordPress site with CiviCRM 4.6.10 I had the same problem but switching from the "URL" to the "CLI" method of executing cron fixed the problem.


An issue has been filed for this in the CiviCRM bug tracker.

See https://issues.civicrm.org/jira/browse/CRM-18514


I see from the above that you are using the php cli method. The credentials that it is looking for is a CMS User (WordPress) with sufficient permissions in CiviCRM to run the jobs.

I just tested on 4.7.8 CiviCRM with WP 4.5.2 with the following syntax

/usr/local/php56/bin/php /home/user/htdocs/civicrm/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/bin/cli.php -u cronuser -p somepassword -e Job -a execute

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