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Creating a background process in Lucee

Lately at work I have been using ColdFusion event gateways to accomplish a few very specific tasks. I thought it might be cool to see if I could leverage CFThread on Lucee do accomplish some of the same things.

The first step was writing a working demo with ColdFusion. A buddy was kind enough to point out that using an event gateway with a cfthread running inside of it was doing extra work for nothing. Event gateways were introduced before cfthread so I went ahead and just refactored it back as a regular ColdBox service. Everything was running smoothly in ColdFusion.

Next was trying to port the same code to Lucee since that is what I tend to run for personal projects. The one road block I did run up against is cfthread terminating at 50 seconds, the default request timeout for Lucee. It turns out there is a simple fix for it, but it made me scratch my head for a while since I didn’t run into it on ACF. The code with fix is below.

It was not a hard fix (setting the request timeout extremely large), but it did take a bit of google-fu to figure it out. Interestingly enough, setting the request timeout to zero did not work.