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Using the Background Tasks Page

A background task is an asynchronous job process that runs in the background, independently of the process that created it. A background task is created when a user issues an ObjectScript JOB command, or by the Management Portal or a utility to execute a job without requiring the user to wait for completion. For example, when you use the Portal to truncate a database, as described in Truncating a Database, a background task is started.

The Background Tasks page (System Operation > Background Tasks) lists past and active background tasks. You can purge the log of past background tasks at any time.

When a background task is active, the process can also be seen on the Processes page (System Operation > Processes), as described in Controlling InterSystems IRIS Processes.