Pause Task

Pauses execution at the current step for a specified number of hours, minutes, seconds, milliseconds or until a specific day and/or time has been reached. Usually used to pause execution of a task until a process has completed. If the process completion time is variable, other wait actions such as Wait for File should be considered as they would be more precise.

Declaration

<AMPAUSE ACTION="text (options)" TIME="TimeSerial" DAY="text (options)" />

- or -

<AMPAUSE ACTION="text (options)" SCALAR="number" />

Example 1 - Pause task until tomorrow at 12:00:00 PM.

<AMPAUSE ACTION="waituntil" TIME="%TimeSerial(12,00,00)%" DAY="nextday" />

Example 2 - Pause task for 30 seconds.

<AMPAUSE ACTION="waitfor" SCALAR="30" />

See Also:  Wait for File,  Wait for Process, Pause Task, Read Timer, Start Timer, Stop Timer

General Tab

Property

Type

Required

Default

Markup

Description

Wait For

Text

No

Enabled

ACTION="waitfor"

If enabled, instructs the system to wait for a specific amount of time.

Delay to wait for

Text

No

Seconds

SCALAR="30"

The amount of time to wait. This parameter is available only if the Wait for parameter is enabled. The available drop-down options are:

  • Milliseconds

  • Seconds (default)

  • Minutes

  • Hours

Wait Until

Text

No

Disabled

ACTION="waituntil"

If enabled, instructs the system to wait until the specified date/time.

Time

Text

No

(Empty)

TIME="%TimeSerial(17,00,00)%"

The time to wait until. This parameter is available only if the Wait Until parameter is enabled.

Day

Text

No

Any Day

DAY="sameday"

The day to wait until. This parameter is available only if the Wait Until parameter is enabled. The available drop-down options are:

  • Any Day (default)

  • Same day the action runs

  • Day after the action runs

  • Specific day of the week

  • Specific date

Specific Date

Date

No

(Empty)

DATE="%DateSerial(2010,07,15)%"

The specific date that the step will wait until. This parameter is available only if the Day parameter is set to Specific Date.