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Wait Tool

It would be nice to have the ability to have a workflow wait/pause tool that would pause the workflow for a given amount of time before proceeding to the next step (i.e. wait 300 seconds). 

 

I have a workflow that uses the Run Command to run a batch file that kicks of a terminal emulator that cycles through steps the ultimately result in an exported text file that I use in an Alteryx workflow for further processing. The generation of the text file can take a few minutes. A delay could be placed in the batch file or terminal emulator script, but I think having a tool in the Alteryx workflow might be useful for other processes as well.

13 Comments
epp3000
5 - Atom

Is there a tool for output file step to finish?

Bilbottom
5 - Atom

I agree that this tool would be handy -- another workaround is to use the R tool with the Sys.sleep() command.

 

For example, putting the following code in the R tool will wait for 10 seconds before moving on to the next tool:

 

data <- read.Alteryx("#1", mode="data.frame")
Sys.sleep(10)
write.Alteryx(data, 1)

 

 

Here's a workflow example with the code above in the R tool:

 

Bilbottom_0-1619174951983.png

 

 

 

JMart2135
8 - Asteroid

@Bilbottom Thanks for this idea! One issue i am running into however, is that even though i only have the R Tool Step in the second leg of my ETL that i am trying to delay, it is also slowing down the processing of my main ETL that is not part of leg that includes the R Tool. Not sure why this would be happening. I have tried playing with the delay time but it still ends up running out of sequence. Any ideas on why it would be slowing down the portion of the ETL that doesnt include the timer?