Waiting inside a rule, without using Sleep?

Hi all,

using Openhab since years but still a newbie when using rules :smiley:
I’ve a openhabian 2.4.0 installation and I need to do one thing. I’ve some ‘dumb’ rollershutter where I cannot open or close with a percentage. Only full up or full down. I’d like to setup a rules so that I can close a rollershutter at 50%. Basically going full up (to ‘reset’ the status) then going down for x number of seconds, then stop.

Now simple rule with thread::sleep like this:

	Item Tapparella_Cameretta_Balcone_50 changed
	// Goes up for 24 seconds (maximum time to reach full openness)
	// Goes down for 12 seconds (time to reach desired openness)


would work, but I understand by reading the forums that it’s not safe. But I can’t for the life of me understand how I would do the same using timers. Since timers really fork another thread that goes in parallel, how can I actually ‘wait’ those seconds?

Hi Marco,

For such long wait times you could change the Thread::sleeps to Timers set to the same times.

Have you considered attaching an Expire binding timeout to an item?

If OH3 were not so close I would have suggested that v1 binding. I think, at this point, it is best avoided…

// Goes up for 24 seconds (maximum time to reach full openness)
	createTimer(now.plusSeconds(24), [ | 
	] )   

The timer can itself create another timer, if you are looking for a sequence.
Or construct the more elegant sequencing timer that reschedules itself.

Using expire binding accuracy would be a concern at sub-minute durations.

what about the jython ( Jython Drop-in Replacement for Expire 1.x Binding ) replacement then ?

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That may work. @rlkoshak can comment further.

Thanks rossko57, I didn’t realize I can create another timer within the first one! That will surely be the solution, will code it and come back if I cannot make it work :smiley:

It does everything that the Expire binding does plus a couple of new features around being able to set a String Item to NULL as well as “NULL”.

I don’t know that I would recommend it’s use from the start as I intended it mainly as a way for people who are already using Expire to move to OH 3 (where Expire 1.x won’t exist) without major changes to their config. But I did not really intend it to be something people would use forever.

But it works and it works well so there is no real harm in using it.