sfJobQueuePlugin - 0.1.0

Symfony Job Queues

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This plugin is deprecated and is not maintained anymore. Please rather use Gearman or comparable things, in order to manage asynchronous tasks. See http://www.symfony-project.org/plugins/sfGearmanPlugin for more informations
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This plugins enables job queues into Symfony. It includes all the common job queues tasks (start, stop, scheduling through job election strategies, etc.), command line tasks, and a graphical interface for managing queues and jobs. Using a job queue can be useful when asynchronised server-side operations have to be performed (periodically grabbing a RSS feed, automatically sending emails, etc.) or in environments without a cron access.

A "job" is a task that has to be done. In this plugin, it is modeled as a call ton a JobHandler, which understands the parameters associated to the job in order to perform a dedicated action. A "job queue" is a group of jobs to be run, eventually several times, associated to a job election strategy. In this plugin, one job queue can only run one job at a time.


  • multi-queues support
  • one given queue can contain heterogeneous job types
  • scheduling (job election) strategy abstraction
  • CLI tasks
  • Queue and jobs management graphical module (job status visualisation only)

Get it installed

  • go to your project's root

  • Install the plugin:

     ./symfony plugin-install http://plugins.symfony-project.com/sfJobQueuePlugin
  • rebuild the model:

     ./symfony propel-build-all
  • clear cache:

     ./symfony cc


Creating a queue

In order to create a job queue, you must first activate the administration module. You can then create a job queue by defining: * its name * its job election strategy (either FIFO or priority-based)

You usually won't need it, but it is also possible to create job queues dynamically, directly from your application's code:

$queue = new sfJobQueue();
$queue->setName('RSS grabbing queue');

By default, the job queue is stopped when created. In order it to get active, you need to start it.

Running a job queue

For the moment, running a job queue can only be done through the command line interface:

  ./symfony sfqueue-start-queue YOUR_APP_NAME QUEUE_NAME

So, for instance :

  ./symfony sfqueue-start-queue frontend 'RSS grabbing queue'

Adding a job to the JobQueue

Adding a job to one job queue is rather simple. You only have to give the type of the job which has to be created, and set its execution parameters.

$queue->addJob('mailing', array('to' => 'xavier@lacot.org', 'topic' => 'Testing the MailingJobQueue :)'));

Job parameters

A job queue can be tweaked using several parameters: * scheduler_name: the scheduler name defines the policy of job election. For instance, with a "fifo" scheduler, the oldest eligible job will be the one who will be processed next. With a "priority" scheduler, the eligible job with the highest priority will be the first out. * polling_delay: time between the end of the execution of one job, and the following job election


At the job level, it is also possible to set some general execution parameters: * max_tries: * retry_delay: retry delay, in seconds (minimal delay between two tries of the same job) * priority: priority : from 0 to 9 (lower to higher) * params: an array of parameters for the job execution


sfJobQueue: * addJob($type = '', $options = null) - Creates a new job in the queue * getNbActiveJobs() - Returns the number of jobs to be done * getNbCompletedJobs() - Returns the number of completed jobs * getStatusText() - Returns the status of the queue, as a text * isRunning() - Indicates whether the queue is running or not * run() - Runs the queue

sfJob: * getStatusText() - Returns the status of the job, as a text * run() - Runs the job

Unit testing

To be done.


  • "Hello world" sample job
  • start/stop a queue from the graphical interface
  • have several jobs running at one time
  • unit-testing
  • job reporting hooks (measure job)

Long term runners might want to see: * integration with http://yowl.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/test/test-yowl.html * exposition to Web services


  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queue_%28data_structure%29
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFO
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priority_queue

License and credits

This plugin is licensed under the MIT license and maintained by Xavier Lacot (xavier@lacot.org). External contributions and comments are welcome !


version 0.1 - 2007-09-17

Initial public release.