..... as promised, I am returning with results.
I have now seen the numerous patient and detailed responses from Otto on various threads on this topic around the forums, over the past year or so; I can understand now the shortness of his response on this thread and the lack of follow up since...
I just found this note:
I am indeed on Names.co.uk. That's me pretty much buggered.
For the benefit of this thread, I would point readers to the following which is a summary of how wp-cron.php goes about its business, and why it does not work on certain setups:
I'll add the following for the curious:
1) I was trying to import 2 blogs. 1 of them imported, after hours of waiting. Why that is, I do not know, but it may have been to do with me actually adding a script recron.php on my site, that just does
include('wp-cron.php'), and then calling it from the browser. I forgot to check the import status before I did this. D'oh.
2) After that, since the second blog showed no sign of progress, I setup a cron on my own laptop, to
wget http://www.ducakedhare.co.uk/wp-cron.php but to no avail.
I'll try pointing the cron at recron.php in the hopes that at least my tumblrs will import... Or, I'll have a go at adding an AJAX call for wp-cron.php to my WordPress index.php
I won't return to this thread beyond this, as it is clear I'm on a troublesome host for WordPress...