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  • Jobs are executed with JS7 Agents that handle termination of jobs.
    • Shell Jobs and JVM Jobs are under Control of the Agent that terminates running jobs.
    • Jobs implementing use of an SSH Client or use of the JS7 - JITL SSHJob cannot guarantee that a job's child processes are terminated as they are controlled by the remote SSHD server.
  • Termination of jobs can be caused by users from the JOC Cockpit and can performed automatically if jobs exceed a given timeout.
    • As a prerequisite for termination by JOC Cockpit the Controller has to be connected to JOC Cockpit and the Agent has to be accessible to the Controller.
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Termination of Jobs

Jobs can be terminated in one of the following ways:

  • The job is configured with a timeout setting: if job execution exceeds the timeout then the job will be killed by the Agent.
  • Jobs can be killed by use of the GUI operation and and by use of the JS7 - REST Web Service API:
    • The Cancel/Kill operation kills a running job and fails the order.
    • The Suspend/Kill operation kills a running job and suspends the order.
    • Failed and suspended orders can be resumed.

Terminating Jobs on Unix

In Unix environments jobs receive the following signals from the Agent:

  • When a job should be killed then the Agent first sends a SIGTERM signal.
    • This signal can be ignored or can be handled by a job. For shell scripts a trap can be defined to e.g. perform cleanup tasks such as disconnecting from a database or removing temporary files.
  • The job configuration includes the Grace timeout setting:
    • The Grace Timeout duration is applied after a SIGTERM signal (corresponding to kill -15) has been sent by the Agent. This allows the job to terminate on its own, for example after some cleanup is performed.
  • Should the job still run after the specified Grace Timeout duration then the Agent sends a SIGKILL signal (corresponding to kill -9) that aborts the OS process.

The OS commands used by the Agent to send signals include:

  • Termination signals


    /bin/kill <pid>

    SIGKILL/bin/kill -KILL <pid>

Job scripts frequently spawn child processes that have to be killed accordingly to their parent process.

  • By default the OS removes child processes if the parent process is killed. However, this mechanism is not applicable for all situations, depending on the way how child processes have been spawned.
  • In order to more reliably kill child processes the Agent makes use of the script from its var_<port>/work directory.
    • This script identifies the process tree created by the job script and kills any available child processes.
    • Download:
  • Though the Agent is platform independent it is evident that retrieval of a process tree does not necessarily use the same command (ps) and options for any Unixes.
    • The Agent therefore allows to specify an individual kill script from a command line option should the built-in script not be applicable to your Unix platform, see JS7 - Agent Operation.

Use of Exit Traps

The Short Version

You can add the following two traps to your Shell Jobs:

Example for concise use of traps for script termination
#!/usr/bin/env bash

trap "wait && exit 143" SIGTERM # 15+128
trap "rc=$? && wait && exit $?" EXIT

For explanations see the long version.

The Long Version

In a situation when a Shell Job script starts a background process and does not wait for termination of the child process but instead completes (with our without error), then the Agent cannot identify the running child process as its parent process is gone. It is therefore recommended to add a trap to the shell script that is triggered on termination of the script - independently from the fact that the script terminates normally or with an error. This prevents the script from terminating immediately with child processes running. Instead in case of forced termination the script continues due to its trap waiting for child processes and the Agent executes the script that identifies the process of the Shell Job script and kills running child processes.

Download: jduExitTrap.json

Example for talkative use of exit traps for script Termination
#!/usr/bin/env bash

    # wait for completion of child processes or let clean up child processes
    echo "($(date +%T.%3N)) $(basename $0): JS7Trap for signal $1: waiting for completion of child processes ..."
    echo "($(date +%T.%3N)) $(basename $0): JS7Trap for signal $1: leaving trap, exit code $rc"
    exit $rc

# define trap for script completion
trap 'JS7Trap EXIT' EXIT

# create three child processes
sleep 100 &
sleep 110 &
sleep 120 &

# this is what the script normally should do:
#   echo "waiting for completion of child processes"
#   wait

echo "script completed"


  • Line 3 - 11: implements the JS7Trap()function including the wait command to wait for termination of child processes or otherwise to immediately continue.
    • The exit code returned from the trap in case of script termination is reported by the task log and order log.
    • However, job execution will be considered failed independently from the the exit code value as the Cancel/Kill or Suspend/Kill operation was performed.
  • Line 14-16: define traps calling the JS7Trap() function in case of receipt of the following signals:
    • EXIT is a summary for a number of signals that terminate a script, however, this is available for the bash shell only.
    • SIGTERM is the termination signal sent by the Agent if the Cancel/Kill or Suspend/Kill operation is invoked.
    • SIGINT is added in case that OS processes external to the JS7 Agent would send this signal, that usually corresponds to hitting Ctrl+C in a terminal session.
  • Line 15-17: starts background processes.
  • Line 21 a script normally should wait for child processes, however, if this cannot be guaranteed, for example if set -e is used to abort a script in case of error, then use of a trap is an appropriate measure.
  • The following sequence of actions is performed:
    • The above job script does not wait for child processes and therefore terminates triggering the EXIT pseudo-signal. The trap function is executed and waits for child processes to be completed. During this period the task process for the job remains alive.
    • If subsequently the Cancel/Kill or Suspend/Kill operation is invoked, then the Agent sends a SIGTERM signal that
      • interrupts the wait command in the currently executed JS7Trap()function,
      • triggers once more execution of the JS7Trap()function and performs the wait operation for child processes.
    • Having applied the Grace Timeout the Agent executes the script that sends a STOP signal to the task process, kills any child processes and finally sends a SIGKILL signal to abort the task process.
    • The crucial point is that the job script would not terminate with child processes running but remains active due to triggering of a trap that allows the Agent to kill any child processes from the process tree. If the task process for the job script terminates with child processes running then the Agent cannot identify the process tree and cannot kill child processes.

Automation of Exit Traps

JS7 offers an option to apply traps such as from the above example to a number of Shell Job scripts via JS7 - Script Includes.

  • The trap and the trap function are added to a Script Include like this:

  • The Script Include is embedded into any Shell Job scripts from a single line similar to a shebang:

Terminating Jobs on Windows

For Windows environments the following applies when terminating jobs:

  • The Agent makes use of the kill_task.cmd script that is available from its var_<port>/work directory.
    • The script makes use of the taskkill command to kill the job's process and its children.
    • Download: kill_task.cmd
  • An individual kill script can be specified with a command line option on Agent startup, see JS7 - Agent Operation.

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