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Oracle Job Scheduling

Chapter 4 - Chaining Oracle Jobs Together

Creating a Job Chain

The problem arises when not all tasks can be performed at the same time.  For example, a batch of orders might process at midnight and produce the necessary billing paperwork at 9:00 a.m.  If no dependencies are defined between these tasks, any delays in the order processing may result in the generation of the billing paperwork before the orders are complete.

In these circumstances, a job chain needs to be created such that each task in the chain is performed in sequence and the failure of a single task breaks the chain.  This can be achieved in many ways, but the following methods are preferred:

  • Conditional job creation.

  • Conditional job enabling.

  • Conditional job runs using Oracle Advanced Queuing.

  • Conditional job runs using a custom table solution.

Most of the examples in this chapter will use the Oracle10g dbms_scheduler package, but there are earlier versions of Oracle in which the dbms_job package can be used effectively in its place.

Conditional Job Creation

In this method, the first task in the chain is scheduled as a regular repeating job, but all subsequent tasks are not scheduled. Instead, as each task in the chain completes successfully, it schedules the next task as a one-off job.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Oracle Job Scheduling
Creating Robust Task Management with dbms_job and Oracle10g dbms_scheduler

ISBN 0-9744486-6-4

by Dr. Timothy S. Hall

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