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Run or restart Notes/Domino agents via text messages

Discover how one Notes/Domino developer at a small company set up his mail database to send him a text message when an agent terminates abruptly. You'll also get the code that you can text back to the database to run or restart the agent.

We're a small Notes/Domino shop and I'm our only developer, so I like to know when critical agents terminate abruptly. One solution is to set up your cell phone number as an email address (5551234@isp.com, for example). This way, you receive a text message on your phone when an agent terminates as an agent exits

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(AgentLogging routine). To correct terminating agents due to contention or to simply rerun an agent, I set up a mail-in database to receive a text message and trigger the agent.

To do this, create a mail file that is associated with a mail-in database and create an agent that runs when new mail arrives. Send a text message to the email address of the mail-in database and give it a code or a one-word name in the body. The agent receives this text and uses it to restart or run the agent. You can also build a case statement of words or use a table in the database.

Code to text message back to database
(Click on code for enlarged view and script download.)

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This was last published in June 2009

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