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Thanks to everyone who takes a look. I've spent countless hours trying to make this work, but no matter what I tried it still doesn't work. Hopefully I'm missing something simple, but I'm stuck...

Here's my code on the submit page where I add a new page and a cron job to delete it in the future:

$seconds = time() + $_POST["days"] * 86400;
wp_schedule_single_event($seconds, 'crondelete', $new_post_id );

And here's the relevant code in functions.php:

add_action( 'crondelete', 'delete_page_in');
function delete_page_in($args) {
wp_delete_post($args);
}

The cron part is working properly: enter image description here

But it looks like the parameter isn't passed to the function, so once I run the cron job- nothing happens(the page won't delete).

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  • The third parameter should be an array of arguments - check this example. – Sally CJ Aug 22 '19 at 22:29
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    Thank you Sally, I've checked the answer from below first, but it's essentially the same issue as you pointed out. – StefanR Aug 23 '19 at 7:45
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Comparing your code to the Wordpress function wp_schedule_single_event, it appears you failed to indicate that parameters would be passed.

Perhaps the following version of your code will work for you.

add_action( 'crondelete', 'delete_page_in',10,1);
wp_schedule_single_event($seconds, 'crondelete', array($new_post_id ));

Notice the add_action now includes two extra parameters: 10=Priority, and 1=Accepted Arguments to be passed.

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  • Thank you Mike, it worked :) PS I've already tried those parameters before, but as far as I understand the accepted arguments aren't needed in this case, since it's 1 by default. I think the array part is what I was missing. – StefanR Aug 23 '19 at 7:46
  • Glad it worked for you. For others' sake ... WHile the additional parameters (10,1) are not required in this instance, I always include them for readability and consistency with other code blocks. That makes it easier for junior developers to spot patterns in my code blocks. – Mike Baxter Aug 23 '19 at 23:28

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