7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 14, 2009 11:12 AM by Ronald van Kuijk RSS

how to start job executor

blalls asdsd Novice

How can I start jobExecutor and configure it in jbpm4? Does it starts automatically or should I start manually?

  • 1. Re: how to start job executor
    Yeling Shi Newbie

    I imported the job executor configuration file to the jbpm config.

     <import resource="jbpm.jobexecutor.cfg.xml" />

    but it do not start automatically when the program runs.

    I found the code to start it programmatically from the JobExecutorThread class.

    But, do we have to do this?

  • 2. Re: how to start job executor
    Joram Barrez Master

    Adding the import to you jbpm.cfg.xml should do the trick. How are you testing the job executor?

  • 3. Re: how to start job executor
    Yeling Shi Newbie

    I'm using a Java class with a main method to test the job executor.
    I start a thread parse command line from console and invoke jbpm execution services.

    The behavior is:
    Job executor does not start with process engine,
    But when I create new process instance which has timer defined, it starts automatically.

    I looked up the source code, found the problem might be:
    in JbpmConfiguration

    protected WireContext processEngineWireContext = new WireContext(new WireDefinition(), Context.CONTEXTNAME_PROCESS_ENGINE);

    configuration object have a WireContext object created before parsing any configuration, and the WireContext will do:
     fire(EVENT_OPEN, null);

    when it is created. But, at that time, there is not configuration file parsed so eager initialization won't have anything to do.

    When user try to schedule a job( timer) and open a new Environment, the eager initialize method is invoked in runtime.

    Currently we could start the job executor with the servlet or a spring initializing bean.

  • 4. Re: how to start job executor
    Kitanai Newbie

    I'm seeing exactly the same behaviour using this code:

    ProcessEngine processEngine=new Configuration().setResource("my.jbpm.cfg.xml").buildProcessEngine();
    RepositoryService repositoryService = processEngine.getRepositoryService();
    ExecutionService executionService = processEngine.getExecutionService();


    <import resource="jbpm.default.cfg.xml"/>
    <import resource="jbpm.tx.hibernate.cfg.xml"/>
    <import resource="jbpm.jpdl.cfg.xml"/>
    <import resource="jbpm.jobexecutor.cfg.xml" />

    On startup the timers are not fired, however the moment I execute this line of code:

    String id=executionService.startProcessInstanceByKey(workflowName,ParameterHelper.getParameters(parameters)).getId();

    All the timers that were stored up in the DB fire.

    My current nasty hack is to have a dummy with this code (doing one without a timer doesn't work either):

    <process name="Dummy" xmlns="http://jbpm.org/4.0/jpdl">
    <start name="a">
    <transition to="b"/>
    <state name="b">
    <transition to="c" name="toc">
    <timer duedate="1 second" />
    <end name="c"/>

    And the line:


    In the main.

    Does anyone know if we're doing something wrong, or if this should be reported as a bug?


    - Kit

  • 5. Re: how to start job executor
    Yeling Shi Newbie

    Instead of starting a dummy workflow, you can tell the jobExecutor to start programatically. The following code is from JobExecutorServlet.

     EnvironmentFactory environmentFactory = (EnvironmentFactory) new Configuration().setResource(configurationResource).buildProcessEngine();
     jobExecutor = environmentFactory.get(JobExecutor.class);
     if (jobExecutor==null) {
     throw new JbpmException("no job executor configured in resource "+configurationResource);

    you can do this any where you can get the process engine object.
    Servlet for web apps or spring initializing bean.

  • 6. Re: how to start job executor
    Marcel de Koster Newbie

    I also added the programmatic timer start using the TaskExecuter via the ProcessEngine interface (you do not need to cast to a specific class).

    But shouldn't it be possible to do this:

    <job-executor auto-start="true" />


    For me the above code doesn't work. Only programmatic starting of job executor.

  • 7. Re: how to start job executor
    Ronald van Kuijk Master

    Technically yes (to a certain extend), practically no (due to the limitations of this 'certain extend')

    Shiyeling menthioned them already: Many usecases of using jBPM in different environments. e.g. you cannot start a thread from a normal class in many appservers, you needs startup servlets for this..