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File Watching

  • The JobScheduler Universal Agent can be used to watch incoming files and to trigger a job chain start for each file.
  • The mechanisms for starting job chains apply as stated in the section about File Watching
    • Subsequent jobs can be executed on the JobScheduler Master or on any Agent involved.
    • Any number of jobs can be executed in sequence or in parallel for incoming files.
  • Incoming files can be removed or moved to a different location
    • by any of the jobs involved or
    • at the end of processing by a file order sink that is specified with the job chain.
  • Should an incoming file be treated by jobs, e.g. parsed or otherwise accessed, then the file has to be transferred to the host on which the respective job is executed.
  • Use Cases

Configuration

  • File watching is configured by the JobScheduler Master. No configuration is required on the JobScheduler Agent.
  • The JobScheduler Master holds the configuration of a job chain with a file order source that is assigned to the Agent.

 

The configuration for the examples below can be downloaded here: jua_file_watching.zip

File watching for job execution on the JobScheduler Master

Let's assume the following configuration for a job chain with a file order source:

Process Class agent_in_dmz.process_class.xml  Expand source
Job Chain remote_files_local_processing  Expand source

Explanations

  • A process class is configured in a separate file, e.g. agent_in_dmz.process_class.xml, as stated with the above sample. The process class specifies the protocol, host and port that the Agent is operated for.
  • The job chain references the above process class with the file_watching_process_class attribute that causes the subsequent configuration for file order sources and file order sinks to be applied to the respective JobScheduler Agent.
  • The <file_order_source> is configured as explained for a JobScheduler Master.
  • Subsequent jobs are executed on the JobScheduler Master
  • The <file_order_sink> specifies incoming files to be moved to different directories on the JobScheduler Agent host depending on the execution result of the job chain.

File watching for job execution on the JobScheduler Agent

The following configuration applies to a job chain that specifies file watching and job execution on the Agent:

Job Chain remote_files_remote_processing  Expand source

Explanations

  • A process class is configured in a separate file, e.g. agent_in_dmz.process_class.xml, as stated with the above sample. The process class specifies the protocol, host and port that the Agent is operated for.
  • The job chain references the above process class that causes the subsequent configuration for file order sources, file order sinks and jobs to be applied to the respective JobScheduler Agent.
  • The <file_order_source> is configured as explained for a JobScheduler Master and applies to the JobScheduler Agent.
  • Subsequent jobs are executed on the JobScheduler Agent.
  • The <file_order_sink> specifies incoming files to be moved to different directories on the JobScheduler Agent host depending on the execution result of the job chain.
  • For more detailed explanations see:
    • JS-1301 - Job chain with default process class (default agent) Released
    • JS-1300 - <file_order_source> on JobScheduler Universal Agent Released
    • JS-1422 - <file_order_sink> on JobScheduler Universal Agent Released

File watching with file transfer for job execution on the JobScheduler Master

The following configuration applies to a job chain that specifies file watching on the Agent, transfer of incoming files and job execution on the Master:

Job Chain remote_files_local_transfer  Expand source

The job for the file transfer is configured as follows:

File Transfer Job  Expand source

Explanations

  • A process class is configured in a separate file, e.g. agent_in_dmz.process_class.xml, as stated with the above sample. The process class specifies the protocol, host and port that the Agent is operated for.
  • The job chain references the above process class with the file_watching_process_class attribute that causes the subsequent configuration for file order sources to be applied to the respective JobScheduler Agent.
  • The <file_order_source> is configured as explained for a JobScheduler Master and applies to the JobScheduler Agent.
  • The YADE file transfer Job is executed on the JobScheduler Master
    • It receives the triggered file, specified in the file_path parameter with %scheduler_file_path%, from the Agent host.
      • At runtime %scheduler_file_path% is substituted with the actual path of the triggered file.
    • Alternatively, a YADE job could be run on JobScheduler Universal Agent to send the file to the JobScheduler Master host.
  • If the transfer is successful, a file_order_sink is not required, as the YADE Job is configured with the move command which removes the input file from the agent host after transfer.

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