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Oracle Workflow API Reference

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PL/SQL Syntax

procedure StartForkProcess

    (itemtype in varchar2,
itemkey in varchar2);


Begins execution of the new forked process that you specify. Before you call StartForkProcess( ), you must first call CreateForkProcess( ) to create the new process. You can modify the item attributes of the new process before calling StartForkProcess().

If the new process uses the same version as the original, StartForkProcess() copies the status and history of each activity in the forked process, activity by activity. If the new process uses the latest version, then StartForkProcess() executes StartProcess().

If you call StartForkProcess() from within a process, any function activity in the process that had a status of 'Active' is updated to have a status of 'Notified.' You must call CompleteActivity() afterwards to continue the process.

StartForkProcess() automatically refreshes any notification attributes that are based on item attributes. Any open notifications in the original process are copied and sent again in the new process. Closed notifications are copied but not resent; their status remains remains 'Complete.'

Any Wait activities in the new process are activated at the same time as the original activities. For example, if a 24 hour Wait activity in the original process is due to be eligible in two hours, the new Wait activity is also eligible in two hours.

Arguments (input)

itemtype A valid item type.
itemkey A string generated from the application object's primary key. The string uniquely identifies the item within an item type. The item type and key together identify the process.

Note: The item key for a process instance can only contain single-byte characters. It cannot contain a multibyte value.

Caution: Do not call CreateForkProcess() and StartForkProcess() from within a parallel branch in a process. These APIs do not copy any branches parallel to their own branch that are not active.

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