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Is it possible to start workflow with no document associated

Question asked by jzulu2000 on Aug 10, 2007
Latest reply on Mar 13, 2009 by jayjayecl
I'm trying to start a workflow not from a document, but from an user action.
I added the following configuration in the web-client-config-custom.xml for the user action to appear on the user actions menu:

    <config replace="false">
        <actions>
            <action-group id="browse_actions_menu">
               <action idref="start_workflow"/>
            </action-group>
        </actions>
    </config>


When in a space I try "More Actions"->"Start Advanced Workflow" and after the choosen workflow start task is done, it shows me the following error in console:

10:59:05,578 ERROR [org.alfresco.web.ui.common.Utils] A system error happened during the operation: Mandatory task properties have not been provided: {http://www.alfresco.org/model/bpm/1.0}package
org.alfresco.service.cmr.workflow.WorkflowException: Mandatory task properties have not been provided: {http://www.alfresco.org/model/bpm/1.0}package
   at org.alfresco.repo.workflow.jbpm.JBPMEngine$25.doInJbpm(JBPMEngine.java:1506)
   at org.springmodules.workflow.jbpm31.JbpmTemplate$1.doInHibernate(JbpmTemplate.java:87)
   at org.springframework.orm.hibernate3.HibernateTemplate.execute(HibernateTemplate.java:367)
   at org.springframework.orm.hibernate3.HibernateTemplate.execute(HibernateTemplate.java:333)
   at org.springmodules.workflow.jbpm31.JbpmTemplate.execute(JbpmTemplate.java:80)
   at org.alfresco.repo.workflow.jbpm.JBPMEngine.endTask(JBPMEngine.java:1489)
   at org.alfresco.repo.workflow.WorkflowServiceImpl.endTask(WorkflowServiceImpl.java:444)
   at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
   at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)
   at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
   at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:585)
   at org.springframework.aop.support.AopUtils.invokeJoinpointUsingReflection(AopUtils.java:281)
   at org.springframework.aop.framework.ReflectiveMethodInvocation.invokeJoinpoint(ReflectiveMethodInvocation.java:187)
   at org.springframework.aop.framework.ReflectiveMethodInvocation.proceed(ReflectiveMethodInvocation.java:154)
   at org.alfresco.repo.security.permissions.impl.AlwaysProceedMethodInterceptor.invoke(AlwaysProceedMethodInterceptor.java:40)
   at org.springframework.aop.framework.ReflectiveMethodInvocation.proceed(ReflectiveMethodInvocation.java:176)
   at org.alfresco.repo.security.permissions.impl.ExceptionTranslatorMethodInterceptor.invoke(ExceptionTranslatorMethodInterceptor.java:49)
   at org.springframework.aop.framework.ReflectiveMethodInvocation.proceed(ReflectiveMethodInvocation.java:176)
   at org.alfresco.repo.audit.AuditComponentImpl.auditImpl(AuditComponentImpl.java:256)
   at org.alfresco.repo.audit.AuditComponentImpl.audit(AuditComponentImpl.java:191)
   at org.alfresco.repo.audit.AuditMethodInterceptor.invoke(AuditMethodInterceptor.java:69)
   at org.springframework.aop.framework.ReflectiveMethodInvocation.proceed(ReflectiveMethodInvocation.java:176)
   at org.springframework.transaction.interceptor.TransactionInterceptor.invoke(TransactionInterceptor.java:107)
   at org.springframework.aop.framework.ReflectiveMethodInvocation.proceed(ReflectiveMethodInvocation.java:176)
   at org.springframework.aop.framework.JdkDynamicAopProxy.invoke(JdkDynamicAopProxy.java:210)
   at $Proxy43.endTask(Unknown Source)
   at org.alfresco.web.bean.workflow.StartWorkflowWizard.finishImpl(StartWorkflowWizard.java:197)
   at org.alfresco.web.bean.dialog.BaseDialogBean$1.execute(BaseDialogBean.java:118)
   at org.alfresco.web.bean.dialog.BaseDialogBean$1.execute(BaseDialogBean.java:115)
   at org.alfresco.repo.transaction.RetryingTransactionHelper.doInTransaction(RetryingTransactionHelper.java:225)
   at org.alfresco.repo.transaction.RetryingTransactionHelper.doInTransaction(RetryingTransactionHelper.java:155)
   at org.alfresco.web.bean.dialog.BaseDialogBean.finish(BaseDialogBean.java:124)
   at org.alfresco.web.bean.wizard.WizardManager.finish(WizardManager.java:520)
   at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
   at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)
   at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
   at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:585)
   at org.apache.myfaces.el.MethodBindingImpl.invoke(MethodBindingImpl.java:132)
   at org.apache.myfaces.application.ActionListenerImpl.processAction(ActionListenerImpl.java:61)
   at javax.faces.component.UICommand.broadcast(UICommand.java:109)
   at javax.faces.component.UIViewRoot._broadcastForPhase(UIViewRoot.java:97)
   at javax.faces.component.UIViewRoot.processApplication(UIViewRoot.java:171)
   at org.apache.myfaces.lifecycle.InvokeApplicationExecutor.execute(InvokeApplicationExecutor.java:32)
   at org.apache.myfaces.lifecycle.LifecycleImpl.executePhase(LifecycleImpl.java:95)
   at org.apache.myfaces.lifecycle.LifecycleImpl.execute(LifecycleImpl.java:70)
   at javax.faces.webapp.FacesServlet.service(FacesServlet.java:139)
   at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:269)
   at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:188)
   at org.alfresco.web.app.servlet.AuthenticationFilter.doFilter(AuthenticationFilter.java:81)
   at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:215)
   at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:188)
   at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardWrapperValve.invoke(StandardWrapperValve.java:210)
   at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContextValve.invoke(StandardContextValve.java:174)
   at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHostValve.invoke(StandardHostValve.java:127)
   at org.apache.catalina.valves.ErrorReportValve.invoke(ErrorReportValve.java:117)
   at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardEngineValve.invoke(StandardEngineValve.java:108)
   at org.apache.catalina.connector.CoyoteAdapter.service(CoyoteAdapter.java:151)
   at org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11AprProcessor.process(Http11AprProcessor.java:834)
   at org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11AprProtocol$Http11ConnectionHandler.process(Http11AprProtocol.java:640)
   at org.apache.tomcat.util.net.AprEndpoint$Worker.run(AprEndpoint.java:1286)
   at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:595)

I think it is because alfresco takes the package property from the document who started the workflow, but in this case there's no starter document.

Is there any way to start workflow not from a document? I think workflows may not have documents associated; is this a bug?

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