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Custom Workflow Step - Wait


Level 6


We are contemplating a custom workflow step that will "wait x number of business days".


Is it possible to create a workflow step to "block" the workflow like this?  Or would I merely need to create a loop and sleep in the loop?

What happens when the server is restarted?  Would the component start over?  Will I need to save state so, it doesn't restart the wait from the beginning?


I recognize that this can be handled in different ways but, I'm interested in encapsulating this function into a custom component for design reasons.


Any advice would be appreciated.



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@crich2784 I think you're on right track, you will need to preserve a state. I would have taken the server timestamp and kept payload and data and then initiated a WF modal with assign task using a cron job, the cron should run daily and should put all the pending tasks to assign task workflow after x days post the last timestamp that was preserved.


Level 6

@Mayank_Gandhi I have this working pretty well but, I have one major flaw.


My component basically does a while(true) loop until it is time to end.  Now, when I try to terminate the process or step, the system hangs.  My component is not giving the system time to terminate.  It's blocking everything.  How can I make this step wait and wakeup.  Maybe this is what you were talking about with the cron job - I really don't understand.  Seems like I should be able to end the component but, not allow the workflow to continue until I'm ready?  This would be similar to the Assign Task step - I can terminate a process even when it's on the Assign Task step.