System Process Requests

System Process Requests is a component (PRCSMULTI) located in:

  • PeopleTools > Process Scheduler > System Process Requests

That allows you to run a number of system level administration processes, jobs and tests.

For developer's this is a great place to find out how to do something as it provides a number of different ways of using the process scheduler. I believe one of the best ways to get better at PeopleSoft development is to understand exactly how you can do things in the system - there may be options out there that you didn't even know about!

After you create a run control, there are three pages in the component:

  • Process Request Dialog for running system processes
  • Component Interface to test running a process (XRFMENU) through the PROCESSREQUEST component interface
  • ProcessRequest PeopleCode to test running a process through PeopleCode

System Processes

Press the run button on the run control and you'll be give a list of system processes. You can select one or more of these and run them. The processes provided are a combination of system processes, example/test processes, and jobs. Some of the useful ones include:

  • All Process Type (ALLTYPES) job which runs test COBOL, Crystal and SQR programs.
  • Database Designer/Database Audit (DDDAUDIT) which checks for inconsistencies between PeopleSoft records/indexes and the equivalent database records/indexes.
  • Export User Tables (EXPRTUSR) which runs a data mover script located at PS_HOME\scripts\userexport.dms and exports all users (operators) and out of your system and into an output file called USEREXPORT.DAT. This is also a good example of how to run datamover scripts from the process scheduler.
  • Process scheduler server clean (PRCSSRVCLN) which seems to be for clearing the process scheduler cache?
  • Process scheduler system purge (PRCSYSPURGE) for purging process scheduler requests, archiving report manager tables, and it also calls PSXPARCHATTR for archiving XML publisher reports.
  • XML Publisher File Cleanup (PSXPCLEAN) for cleaning up working tables associated with XML Publisher.
  • XML Publisher Purge (PSXPDELATTR) which publishes the message for the PSXP_CLEANATTR through Integration Broker. This appears to be for purging XML publisher report search data. This message has a handler, PurgeAttributes which lives in the application package class PSXP_REPORTMGR.AttributeDelAsync and this is the code that does the cleanup work.
  • Swap Audit Report (SWPAUDIT) which checks for data integrity problems that may occur when swapping language settings.
  • System Audit (SYSAUDIT) which is a very powerful tool for checking for inconsistencies in PeopleTools definitions.
  • A number of cross reference (XRF*) reports. These are useful for impact analysis - for example if you want to see what fields are reference by PeopleCode (in case you want to modify that field) then run XRFFLPC.

Running processes through a Component Interface

The PeopleCode that runs the processes through the PROCESSREQUEST component interface is located in Component Record Field PeopleCode: PRCSMULTI.GBL.PRCSSAMPLEREC.RUNCCNTLCOMPINTF.FieldChange.

I'm not sure why you would want to run a process request this way, but this code serves as another good, simple example of how to use a component interface through PeopleCode.

Running processes through ProcessRequest PeopleCode

The PeopleCode that runs the processes through the ProcessRequest PeopleCode is located in Component Record Field PeopleCode: PRCSMULTI.GBL.PRCSSAMPLEREC.RUNCCNTLPRCSRQST.FieldChange.

If you ever want to fire another process in your PeopleCode program, then this is how to do it (or you can use the component interface approach).

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