Agent is running but shows Inactive

Document ID : KB000072590
Last Modified Date : 11/06/2018
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The services are running for Agent, but it appears as Inactive in the Workload Automation DE Desktop Client Topology. An attempt to restart the agent did not resolve the issue. 

The following error was evident in the agent log file:
The conversation> is unable to receive the prefix. The exception is Read timed out
A large number of spool files; in excess of 100,000, existed under the agent.
If the agent is not configured to clean up spool on success, you should do so by defining the following in the agentparm.txt file:
  • agent.spool.success.autocleanup=true
  • runnerplugin.spool.expire=10D
  • runnerplugin.spool.sleep=1D
In addition to the above, one should create a backup of the spool and database directories, then delete them. Once these directories are deleted, start the agent. This activity performs a cold start and the agent rebuilds its own database and re-creates the spool directory. The agent should now reflect as Active in the Workload Automation DE Topology and should once again be able to process work as expected.