Adding a user-defined action to your database is a 2-step process:

  1. Define a function or procedure
  2. Register the action with the job scheduler

To create an action, begin by defining the function or procedure that you want your database to execute.

Your function needs to be wrapped in a CREATE statement. You can also use CREATE OR REPLACE, although this is not recommended. This statement also allows you to define the language of your commands in this statement. User-defined actions can be written in any language you choose. This guide uses the SQL procedural language PL/pgSQL.

This example defines a simple procedure that raises a notice:

CREATE PROCEDURE user_defined_action(job_id INT, config JSONB)
RAISE NOTICE 'Executing job % with config %', job_id, config;

To make the job scheduler run your action, you need to register it. Use the add_job function. Supply the name of your action, the schedule you want it to run on, and the content of your config. If your job needs no parameters, use a NULL config.

For example:

SELECT add_job('user_defined_action', '1h', config => '{"hypertable":"metrics"}');

The add_job call returns a job_id. It stores the job_id and config in the TimescaleDB catalog.

The action runs on the schedule you set. It also runs when you manually start it by calling run_job with the job_id. When it runs, the job_id and config are passed as arguments to the procedure.

To list all currently registered jobs, query



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