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Sp_start_job


I'm using sp_start_job to run a job from a stored procedure. This is fine but I want to know the result ie. success or failure. I'm not having much luck with @output_flag. I can't get it to return anything.


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Sp_start_job
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http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms403355.aspx 

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Two problems:

1. - it starts the job, and returns a result code (success or failure), but does not monitor the job and report when it completes.  This is supposedly the task of sp_help_job; however, I have been unable to get this sp to return the execution_status value - it comes back with '0' even when the job is idle (4) or executing (1).  Consequently a timed loop calling this sp never ends, as 0 means 'not idle or disabled'.

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The second problem is that if more than one instance of the job is running, how can the sp_help_job determine which instance it is supposed to monitor?  You would also need the session ID as well as the Job Name.  So how do you get this from sp_start_job, and how do you pass it to sp_help_job?

Right now I am getting by with getting a timestamp from the SQL Agent right before running the sp_start_job, and using this and the job name against the run_requested_date in dbo.sysjobactivity to determine when the stop_execution_date ceases to be NULL (which suggests, but does not confirm, that the job finished):

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Dim strSQL As String = " select * from dbo.sysjobactivity sjh inner join sysjobs sj on sj.job_id = sjh.job_id" & _

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jobResult = GetCount(My.Settings.connSysDB, strSQL)

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This is not a great solution because it does not know what instance, if there is more than one, of the job it is reporting on.

What is a better way of finding out when a specific instance of a specific unscheduled job is finished running?

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