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This example shows a simple method to control job starts using time and file-based events. The logic behind this example is of a time event AND a file event.

Use this link to download the files: Process File Example.

Unpack the zip file in the JobScheudler live folder, where you will find the following JobScheduler objects:

  • a job chain (ProcessFile)
  • an order (ProcessFile1)
  • a dummy job (changeme) that symbolises the file processing.
    You will also find two jobs in the "sos" sub-folder:
  • JobChainStart
  • JobChainEnd.
    as well as two further jobs in the "jitl" sub-folder:
  • DeleteFile
  • ExistsFile.

The time event(s) are set using the RunTime for the ProcessFile1 order. In the example this order will start once a day at 12:30. This can be changed as required. In XML the run_time settings looks like:

 <run_time  let_run="no">
     <period  single_start="12:30"/>

The file whose presence is required (in this case c:\temp\ProcessFileTest.dat) is set as a parameter in the ProcessFile1 order:

 <params >
     <param  name="file" value="c:\temp\ProcessFileTest.dat"/>

The "trick" lies in the ExistsFile job, which checks whether a file is present.

If the file is not present then this job will be restarted every minute up to a maximum of 30 times. If no file is found the order will end in error. If a file is found, JobScheduler will continue to process the job chain.

The XML for ExistsFile job is:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<job  title="Check and Wait for a file or files" order="yes" stop_on_error="no" name="ExistsFile">
    <settings >
        <log_level ><![CDATA[debug9]]></log_level>

    <description >
        <include  file="jobs/JobSchedulerExistsFile.xml"/>

    <params />

    <script  language="java" java_class="sos.scheduler.file.JobSchedulerExistsFile"/>

    <delay_order_after_setback  setback_count="10" is_maximum="no" delay="00:01:01"/>
    <delay_order_after_setback  setback_count="30" is_maximum="yes" delay="0"/>

    <run_time />

This "polling" effect is realised using "setbacks". These are defined for both the ProcessFile job chain and for the ExistsFile job as shown in the next two JOE screen shots:

  • Nodes in the "Process File" job chain showing the settings for the error handling and the "ExistsFile" job setbacks.

  • SetBacks for the "ExistsFile" job showing the delay settings.

As the ExistsFile job can also start job chains, this could be carried out in two steps - which would perhaps be better for testing:

  • First of all a job chain, which only consists of the ExistsFile job and then
  • a second job chain, which is started by the ExistsFile job, as soon as a file (or all files) are found. An order can then be started for each file: these orders then being carried out in parallel if required.
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