For Linux/Unix platforms only:

FusionInventory Agent would better be installed as systemd service and this is the recommanded way of doing.

FusionInventory agent is expected to run its tasks on a regular basis and is better installed as service. Its memory and load footprints are low enough for modern desktop computers.

To know better about the FusionInventory agent execution modes, you should be read the Agent usage page.

You should use cron if you don’t want a fusioninventory-agent process to be running all the time and if you don’t need to trigger it remotely (from the server or manually, locally contacting the http://localhost:62354/ page).

So if you prefer to run FusionInventory Agent as scheduled cron job, you may need to do the following as root:

  1. stop and disable the fusioninventory-agent service (if start/enabled):
    systemctl stop fusioninventory-agent
    systemctl disable fusioninventory-agent
    
  2. create a /etc/fusioninventory/conf.d/better-for-cron.cfg file with the following lines:
    # Don't force agent to run inventory at each run, but only
    # after server defined timeout has been reached
    lazy = 1
    
  3. as example, add a root cron job like this:
    # Don't remove --wait option (delay in seconds) so the agent wait a random
    # time before really run its work
    00 */4 * * * /usr/bin/fusioninventory-agent --wait=1800 >/var/lib/fusioninventory-agent/cron.log 2>&1
    

For large companies, be aware you can lead to concurrent execution issues if you don’t enable agent lazy option with cron scheduling and even more if you forget to use --wait option. To avoid such missconfiguration, you would prefer leave the agent started as systemd service and define a peaceful delay on server. You may adjust scheduled time and wait command line only option to your needs.

As a reminder, when launched without the daemonize configuration directive, as usually done from cron, the agent is a short-lived process, without the ability to listen on the network for out-of-schedule activation requests from the server.