When not to use the box job in Autosys

The fact that all jobs in a box change status when a box starts running has lead some to use boxes to implement "job cycle" behavior. Be aware that placing jobs in a box to achieve this end may bring with it undesired behavior due to the nature of boxes.

Likewise, you should not place jobs in a box solely because you want to run reports on all of them. When you run autorep on a box, you will get a report on the box and all the jobs in the box (unless you use the -L0 option). In addition, if you use wildcarding when specifying a job name, you could get duplicate entries in your report. For example, suppose you have a box named "acnt_box" containing three jobs named "acnt_job1", "acnt_job2", and "daily_rep". If you specify acnt% as the job name for the autorep report, the report will have an entry for the box "acnt_box" and an entry for each job in the box. Then autorep will continue searching for all job names matching the wildcard characters and, thus, will list "acnt_job1" and "acnt_job2" a second time.

Avoid the temptation to put jobs in a box as a short cut for performing events (such as ON_ICE or ON_HOLD) on a large number of jobs at once. You will most likely find that the default behavior of boxes inhibits the expected execution of the jobs you placed in the box.


Posted by on Tuesday, May 9, 2017