Wait for Process Action
<AMWAITFORPROCESS ACTION="options" PROCESS="text" PROCESSID="text" RESULTDATASET="text" />
Causes task execution to pause at the current line until the specified process starts or ends.
Commonly used to wait for an external application to start or end which could indicate that a process has completed successfully. If the process started/ended then the task could move on.
Specifies whether the step should wait for the process to start or end.
The available options are:
start: the action will wait for the specified process to start
end: the action will wait for the specified process to end
Specifies the executable of the process that AutoMate should wait for. Partial matches are allowed (either the full path or the EXE name only may be specified).
(The process may be specified either by process name or by process ID
Specifies the process ID for the process that AutoMate should wait for.
Specifies the name of a dataset to be created and populated with process data. In addition to the standard dataset fields, the dataset will contain the following:
ProcessName: the path and file name of the process's .exe file
ProcessID: the ID of the process
WindowTitle: the title of the process's main window
WindowClass: the class of the process's main window
WindowHandlle: the handle of the process's main window
Users should be aware that most of the functionality contained in Wait for Process <AMWAITFORPROCESS> is also contained in the Run action <AMRUN>. This action should only need to be used if AutoMate is not responsible for starting the process such as in cases where the external application or the user starts/ends the process.
This action includes the Description tab for entering a custom step description.
More on setting custom step description
This action also includes the standard Error Causes and On Error failure handling options/tabs.
More on Error Handling Options
All text fields allow the use of expressions, which can be entered by surrounding the expression in percentage signs (example: %MYVARIABLE%, %Left('Text',2)%). To help construct these expressions, you can open Expression Builder from these fields by pressing F2.
More on variables
More on expressions
More on the expression builder
NOTE: The code below can be copied and pasted directly into the Steps pane of the Task Builder.
<AMWAITFORPROCESS PROCESS="C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" RESULTDATASET="ProcessDataset" />
<AMWAITFORPROCESS ACTION="end" PROCESSID="3932" RESULTDATASET="ProcessDataset" />