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5.17 Async ServiceTask with later receiveTask signal not working

Question asked by njames on Jun 30, 2015
Latest reply on Jul 1, 2015 by njames
Sorry if this is a FAQ, but I haven't been able to find an answer in the forum yet.
I am updating our existing app from Activiti 5.15.1 to 5.17.0. A result of this upgrade is that I am unable to make the async-continuations work as I thought they should.

We use the following construct to have a long running service task (actually a camel route):

    <serviceTask id="longRunningTask" name="Run Camel Route" activiti:async="true" activiti:type="camel"></serviceTask>
    <sequenceFlow id="flow2" sourceRef="longRunningTask" targetRef="receiveTask"></sequenceFlow>
    <receiveTask id="receiveTask" name="Wait for confirmation of camel route finishing"></receiveTask>

Then we have a Camel route

         // Do some long running type task here!
         .log(LoggingLevel.DEBUG, "Releasing process")
         // Release the receive task now….

This worked like a charm with the older version of Activiti, but with the new version it says:

java.lang.RuntimeException: Couldn't find activity receiveTask for processId 7 in defined timeout.
   at org.activiti.camel.ActivitiProducer.signal(
   at org.activiti.camel.ActivitiProducer.process(
   at org.apache.camel.util.AsyncProcessorConverterHelper$ProcessorToAsyncProcessorBridge.process(
   at org.apache.camel.processor.SendProcessor.process(

I have tried with the configuration recommended for using the old JobExecutor given in the release notes. When that didn't work, I used the new AsyncExecutor with similar (bad) results.

In my unit test, using 5.17.0, I find it interesting that the activityId of the processInstance is still set to longRunningTask after the startProcessInstanceByKey call. I was expecting that it would have moved to "receiveTask" before passivating.

Sorry for the rambling, I hope someone can give me a nudge in the right direction.