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How to Create a Background Process


Background Processes are Processes that are executed without the direct action of the user. There can be set different rules to schedule when the process is executed.

This document discusses about the Etendo infrastructure for Background Processes. How to define, schedule and monitorize Background Processes.

Defining a Background Process

Background Processes are defined in the window General Setup > Process Scheduling >Process Request. First in the field Process select the process to execute and, in the Timing field, when it will be executed.

Depending on the Timing selected, it is needed to define more fields to define this timing:

Run Immediately

This timing option will execute the Background Process only once at the moment the button to schedule the process is pressed. After being scheduled, it can be rescheduled as many times as needed.

This option is very similar to executing a process from a menu option. The difference is that when scheduling a Run Immediately Background Process, there will not be any pop-up that indicates when the execution finished and instead, its execution will be registered in the Process Monitor.

Run Later

This option is similar to the previous option. In this case, the Background Process will be executed only one time in one moment in the future.

The moment when the Background Process will be executed is defined in the fields Start Date and End Date.


This is the most versatile option that allows to execute a Background Process periodically. These are the fields used to define the schedule plan of a Background Process:

  • Start Date and Start Time: Defines the moment when the schedule plan for this Background Process will start.
  • Frequency: Defines the frequency to execute the Background Process. It can be Every n seconds , Every n minutes , Hourly , Daily , Weekly , Monthly , or Cron expression. Depending on the option selected you can define the specific details for each frequency option.
  • Finish Date and Finish Time: These fields can be defined only when the option Finished is selected. And it defines when to stop the schedule plan for this Background Process.

Schedule and Unschedule a Background Process

After the Background Process has been completely defined it can be scheduled pressing the button Schedule Process. When a process is scheduled, it will be executed according the Timing options selected, and every execution will be registered in the Process Monitor.

To stop future executions of an Background Process just press the button Unschedule Process. After a Background Process has been unscheduled it can be scheduled again in any moment pressing the button Reschedule Process .

Monitoring executions of Background Processes

All the executions of Background Processes can be monitored in General Setup > Process Scheduling >Process Monitor.

In this window, there is one entry for each Background Process execution and the information of each execution. The most important fields are:

  • Process: The Process executed.
  • Start Time , End Time and Duration: When the execution started, when finished and the time it took to complete.
  • Status: The final result of the execution of the Process.
  • Process Log: The information logged during the execution of the Process. For example if the Status of the execution is Error here in the Process Log the reason of the error can be detected.

This work is a derivative of How to Create a Background Process by Openbravo Wiki, used under CC BY-SA 2.5 ES. This work is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 by Etendo.