Use the Schedule trigger to complete workflow tasks at specific times in the future. You can use a Schedule trigger in conjunction with an Action, such as Run Workspace, or an External Action, such as Email.
Tip: You can test a workflow that is initiated by a Schedule trigger, regardless of the times the Schedule is configured to execute. See Testing a Schedule-Initiated Worfklow, below.
Note: See also Working with Parameters in Automations Workflows.
- Schedule Type: Specify how often the task repeats:
- Basic: Repeats based on a calendar-friendly selection of intervals derived from a specified Start time.
- Repeat On Interval: Repeats in intervals from a list of predefined units.
- CRON Expression: Repeats based on your own cron expression.
- Date Range: Specify the schedule Start and/or End times. Alternatively, select Start Immediately and/or Does Not Expire, respectively.
- Recurrence: If Schedule Type is Basic, specify how often the task repeats from the drop-down selections.
Note: cron expressions must be configured according to the time zone of the FME Server that runs the task. All other times can be expressed according to your local time zone.
If Repeat on Interval is specified, the schedule does not adjust when switching between Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time.
|Field||Required||Allowed Values||Allowed Special Characters|
|Seconds||Yes||0-59||, - * /|
|Minutes||Yes||0-59||, - * /|
|Hours||Yes||0-23||, - * /|
|Day of month||Yes||1-31||, - * ? / L W|
|Month||Yes||1-12 or JAN-DEC||, - * /|
|Day of week||Yes||1-7 or SUN-SAT||, - * ? / L #|
|Year||No||empty, 1970-2099||, - * /|
For more information about the cron format, see this FME Community article.
For testing purposes, you can force a workflow that is initiated by a Schedule trigger to run at any time, regardless of the specified parameters of the Schedule.
When ready to test your Schedule Initiated workflow:
- Click Start Automation to enable the workflow.
- Double-click on the Schedule component you want to initiate the worfklow.
- Under Schedule Details, click Trigger.
A Trigger Schedule message displays to indicate whether the Schedule trigger was successfully requested. If so, the workflow runs as it is currently configured.