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Dynamic event in a wait step

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Hi all,

I bumped into a limitation in the wait step and was wondering if anyone had any more elegant workarounds than my klutzy attempts:

What I'd like to do is wait for a dynamic event. It would be easy with a container element for the event name, but unfortunately the WF builder complains that "Event &WAITFORTHIS& does not exist" when I try to insert a container element into the event field of a wait step.


The Workflow can be started by a variety of events. Depending on triggering event, there will be a variety of different events to wait for.

What I've tried:

Some approaches I've considered are:

  1. A bunch of parallel wait branches and switches to activate them, but that's ugly (20+ events).
  2. The start event triggers a second workflow (one for each scenario), which only waits for the relevant events and then signals the main WF with a secondary event. Nasty, but keeps the main WF neat and manageable.
  3. Custom event receiver module in the event linkage table to manipulate the relevant workflow. Obscure.

I can't help thinking there must be a better way 🙂

Any input appreciated,


(Cross-posted on WUG and SCN)

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Hi Mike,

What is the business requirement?

Suppose a wait for dynamic event is possible then you will have problems with the bindings from event container to workflow container.

What I would do (depending on the requirement) is create a custom event where the workflow waits for maybe use workitem id or guid as key along with a check table to store the various dependancies.

And then for all of the 20+ events which might be the original sender of the event add an entry in SWEINST for a check or receiver function module. In that module you find out what the key should be of the custom event and then trigger that one.

Kind regards, Rob Dielemans