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Dmitry A. Lesin (23412960) | asked May 26 '14, 6:11 p.m.
Hello!
Can somebody give a recommendation how discover available actions to use them with parameter "_action" for changing states in Rational Team Concert with OSLC requests? The problem is that I use customized workflow with localized state names.
Thank you very much in advance!

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Donald Nong (14.4k213) | answered May 27 '14, 3:09 a.m.
Are you asking how to get a list of the available actions (such as 'com.ibm.team.workitem.defectWorkflow.action.startWorking' ), as asked in this post?
https://jazz.net/forum/questions/32674/change-workitem-state-via-rest#81610
If so, you can get them in the Process Configuration Source using the RTC Eclipse client. They are under the hierarchy ...<workflowDefinition><workflow><action>. You should check ...<workflowDefinition><workflow><state><action> to make sure you are only calling the valid action(s) based on the current state.
I don't know how you can get the workflow dynamically using OSLC though. I guess it's not implemented yet.
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Dmitry A. Lesin commented May 27 '14, 3:46 a.m.

Hi Donald,

Thank you very much! I don't understand now why I forgot to look for the actions list in the process definition in RTC Eclipse Client!

But it seems, I found the same list in the Web UI after some additional research. My own "Higgs boson"  :)  was open in this way (sample for localhost server):

1. Open the typical services document in Web Browser

2. Find parameter "oslc_cm:url". In my case:

<oslc_cm:url>https://localhost:9443/ccm/oslc/contexts/_JiV7QMO-EeOrgeMTNV2gJg/workitems/defect</oslc_cm:url>

3. Find a record of the needed type (parameter "dc:type"). In my case I was looking for defect actions:

<dc:type rdf:resource="https://localhost:9443/ccm/oslc/types/_JiV7QMO-EeOrgeMTNV2gJg/defect"/>;

4. For the same record, find parameter "rtc_cm:state". In my case:

<rtc_cm:state rdf:resource="https://localhost:9443/ccm/oslc/workflows/_JiV7QMO-EeOrgeMTNV2gJg/states/com.ibm.team.workitem.defectWorkflow/3"/>;


Dmitry A. Lesin commented May 27 '14, 3:46 a.m.
  1. Change "states" to "actions", remove suffix and open modified URL in Web Browser. In my case:

    https://localhost:9443/ccm/oslc/workflows/_JiV7QMO-EeOrgeMTNV2gJg/actions/com.ibm.team.workitem.defectWorkflow

  2. See for the resulting page, where all workflow actions are displayed.

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Charlie Seo (22126) | answered May 26 '14, 8:47 p.m.
I'm not sure if there is REST like way to get those info and update the state using REST API. I'm also interested in knowing a way around.

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Dmitry A. Lesin commented May 27 '14, 12:56 a.m.

I believe the REST really exists. For example, I found the description "The status of the work item (modifiable via action)" for "rtc_cm:stat" here:

https://jazz.net/wiki/bin/view/Main/ResourceOrientedWorkItemAPIv2

You can see this description in the "Attributes" section. Here, JAZZ developer writes that it's possible:

https://jazz.net/forum/questions/98624/unable-to-change-state-and-status-via-oslc

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