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Attended Bot runner input variables

  • 18 January 2023
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Hi,

 

we have a control room with an attended bot runner. The runner works. We can login with the user and run a bot. But we are not able to set input variables when running the bot. It just starts.

 

Our bots normally have several input variables to control certain run conditions. Are we missing something or is this by design, that we cant give the bot input values if we run it with an attended runner?

 


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Hi @Jan RogerG104563 

Can you share bit more details on issue why you are not able to set the input variables?

if there are required input parameters you can use Global variables for attended automation.

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@Jan RogerG104563  can you check once again the runner license is attended or unattended ?

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@ChanduMohammad  The bot directly starts. There is no popup like the one for a developer)or in a sheduled run where you could define input values. Yah Global variables work, but these don’t help if you want to define inputs for a specific run. Because you might change also values for other bots (because they are global)… And you also don’t want to change global values for that… normally a bot runner would also not have the permissions to do so. (At least in our environment 🙂 )

@rbkadiyam Yah its an attended runner. For unattended runners we could do a shedule with input parameters. Thats fine.

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@ChanduMohammad  The bot directly starts. There is no popup like the one for a developer)or in a sheduled run where you could define input values. Yah Global variables work, but these don’t help if you want to define inputs for a specific run. Because you might change also values for other bots (because they are global)… And you also don’t want to change global values for that… normally a bot runner would also not have the permissions to do so. (At least in our environment 🙂 )

@rbkadiyam Yah its an attended runner. For unattended runners we could do a shedule with input parameters. Thats fine.

i’d recommend placing a support case with AA  here for further assistance

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Yah we opened a ticket at AA… We will install the new version and then look again.

The support said that it should be possible to use input variables with attended bot runners… lets see :D

 

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Yah we opened a ticket at AA… We will install the new version and then look again.

The support said that it should be possible to use input variables with attended bot runners… lets see :D

 

Great @Jan RogerG104563  Thanks for sharing the information with the community

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Hi @Jan RogerG104563 ,

 

I don’t see this as a challenge if you are providing the required inputs to the variable through a config file. 

According to your convenience, the Config file can be in XML or Excel format. However, the reading part of this config file will change with respect to its format. You can keep a separate bot for taking the inputs from the config file and mapping them to the input variables, and later on, call this bot from your main bot (in its initial stage itself) and do all the variable mapping there. This will automatically set all the input variables during the initialization.

 

I hope this will help.

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Hi @Jan RogerG104563 ,

 

I don’t see this as a challenge if you are providing the required inputs to the variable through a config file. 

According to your convenience, the Config file can be in XML or Excel format. However, the reading part of this config file will change with respect to its format. You can keep a separate bot for taking the inputs from the config file and mapping them to the input variables, and later on, call this bot from your main bot (in its initial stage itself) and do all the variable mapping there. This will automatically set all the input variables during the initialization.

 

I hope this will help.

Sure that would technically be possible of course… By why should we or why should the end-user when there is an easy way to give a bot its inputs via the AA UI. And like you mentioned… the file would change based on the bot, which would it also make complicated for the user.

If it actually would not be possible, then yeah i would use something like you mentioned :) 

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Hi @Jan RogerG104563 ,

 

I don’t see this as a challenge if you are providing the required inputs to the variable through a config file. 

According to your convenience, the Config file can be in XML or Excel format. However, the reading part of this config file will change with respect to its format. You can keep a separate bot for taking the inputs from the config file and mapping them to the input variables, and later on, call this bot from your main bot (in its initial stage itself) and do all the variable mapping there. This will automatically set all the input variables during the initialization.

 

I hope this will help.

Sure that would technically be possible of course… By why should we or why should the end-user when there is an easy way to give a bot its inputs via the AA UI. And like you mentioned… the file would change based on the bot, which would it also make complicated for the user.

If it actually would not be possible, then yeah i would use something like you mentioned :) 

 

 

Are you expecting the feature something like a UI Form for the Users to provide Input?

 

If not, you can use the Prompt action to get the User inputs to the BOT. 
 

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