7.1 About Archiving Services


The most commonly used services have more extensive descriptions.

A typical service entry is similar to the following:

FileService 34 null null null !csUnableToDownloadFile

In this example:

  • the first line indicates the service name: GET_ARCHIVED_FILE.

  • The second line lists the service's attributes:

    • Service class: FileService. When using the Archiver, this is frequently ArchiveService.

    • Access level: 34, indicating this is Scriptable and Writeable.

    • Template: null

    • Service type: null

    • Subjects Notified: null

    • Error message and parameter used for error message: Unable to Download File

  • The remainder of the entry lists the service's actions, each line designating one action:

    • action type: for example, 5, indicating a Select Cache Query, which specifies a query to retrieve information from the database and store it for later use. This example also shows a type of 3, indicating a Java method.

    • action name: for example, QarchivedDoc or computeDocID

    • action parameters: for example, FILE_DOC_INFO. If no parameters are specified, double colons (::) are included.

    • action control mask: for example, 0, indicating 'Ignore error' or 2, indicating 'Must exist (at least one record must be returned by the query). If no control mask is specified, double colons (::) or 0 are included.

    • action error message, such as Item No Longer In History, or null if no message is available.

Each element of the service's action is separated by a colon (:).


All services have at least one required parameter. The IdcService parameter takes the name of the service as its argument. If other parameters are required, they are noted in the description of the service.

See "Customizing Services" for details about a service's attributes and actions.


Most archive services use the underlying method used by EDIT_ARCHIVEDATA and consequently require the EditItems parameter set to the appropriate value. The user interface usually controls what is put into this parameter. If necessary, the user should exercise archive services through the user interface with Filter Debug flags enabled to determine how the values should be set. By using the Filter Debug flags, the request as it is sent to the server can be captured.