Dealing with errors when creating an adhoc role – part one – invalid roles

I was recently asked about a problem with trying to create and adhoc role, and some of the errors which might occur.

I am sending notification to multiple users.  While doing that if the roles are valid, then there is no problem.

The problem occurs when one of the roles isn’t valid, for example:
v_role_users => ‘ROLE1 ROLE2 ROLE3’;

In this example, if ROLE2 is not valid then the notification is not sent to anyone because the role cannot be built. Instead, we get this error: 3205: ‘ADHOC_ROLE’ is not a valid role or user name.

If one of the roles is invalid, I still want the notification to be sent to the valid roles.

How to achieve this?

The way round the problem is to modify the code which builds the role, so that rather than passing all the users into the API at the same time, they are passed in sequentially.  When each role is added, include additional error handling to catch any error and handle that.

Unfortunately, the Workflow development team use the same custom error code (-20002) for all errors which occur in the product, which means that as well as looking for the error to occur, we then need to parse the SQLERRM error message to check for the Workflow specific error number (3205 in this case).

The following code creates a new procedure which you can call to create the role, without any particularly invasive changes – instead of calling WF_DIRECTORY APIs to create a new role, call the procedure instead, which will suppress expected errors but still raise anything unexpected:

       ( role_name               IN VARCHAR2
       , role_display_name       IN VARCHAR2
       , language                IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT NULL
       , territory               IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT NULL
       , role_description        IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT NULL
       , notification_preference IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT 'MAILHTML'
       , role_users              IN WF_DIRECTORY.UserTable
       , email_address           IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT NULL
       , fax                     IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT NULL
       , status                  IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT 'ACTIVE'
       , expiration_date         IN DATE     DEFAULT NULL
       , parent_orig_system      IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT NULL
       , parent_orig_system_id   IN NUMBER   DEFAULT NULL
       , owner_tag               IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT NULL ) IS

  e_workflow_error  EXCEPTION;
  PRAGMA EXCEPTION_INIT (e_workflow_error , -20002);


  WF_DIRECTORY.CreateRole ( role_name               => role_name
                          , role_display_name       => role_display_name
                          , orig_system             => 'WF_LOCAL_ROLES'
                          , orig_system_id          => 0
                          , language                => language
                          , territory               => territory
                          , role_description        => role_description
                          , notification_preference => notification_preference
                          , email_address           => email_address
                          , fax                     => fax
                          , status                  => status
                          , expiration_date         => expiration_date
                          , parent_orig_system      => parent_orig_system
                          , parent_orig_system_id   => parent_orig_system_id
                          , owner_tag               => owner_tag );

  IF role_users.COUNT > 0 THEN
    FOR i IN 1 .. role_users.COUNT LOOP

        WF_DIRECTORY.AddUsersToAdHocRole ( role_name  => role_name
                                         , role_users => role_users(i));

        WHEN e_workflow_error THEN
          IF SQLERRM LIKE 'ORA-20002:%3205%' THEN
          END IF;



END xx_create_adhocrole;

The SQL file can also be found here.

In later posts, I’ll be looking at extending this to catch different, common errors.

2 thoughts on “Dealing with errors when creating an adhoc role – part one – invalid roles

  1. hi matt
    thanks for the wonderful post.

    Wonder what is the use of variables
    v_count PLS_INTEGER;

    I am not seeing that they are used


  2. Hi,

    They’re “reserved for future use”!!

    i.e. I defined them at the start thinking that I might use them later, and never did 🙂

    I’ve removed them from the post, but not the attached file now.


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