OFM 12C from the trenches: Business flow instance name bug and solution

A new feature in OFM 12C is that you can track a Business flowinstance. I won’t go into the details as you can read all about it here. As this is a nice feature I was going to use this to set a good Flow instance name as descripted here in chapter 47.5.4 How to Set the Business Flow Instance Name or Composite Instance Name at Design Time. I created a simple service and added an assign in my mediator component as written in the documentation.


As I added it, I noticed that the namespace declared here for the setFlowInstanceTitle wasn’t declared. I thought I would have have been declared somewhere else so I just tried it. As I compiled and deployed my service and ran the test I got the following error though:

ORAMED-01001:[Error in assign operation]Error occurred while assigning to target "$out.property.tracking.setFlowInstanceTitle" using expression "oraext:setFlowInstanceTitle('Test')".Possible Fix:Check if source message has right values or source expression is valid. Cause:Extension function error: Method not found 'setFlowInstanceTitle' 

After some digging around and a chat with Oracle support it seems that

a) You have to add the namespace. It seems they forgot it in the online documentation. So the assign should look like this:


b) You have to apply patch 18310693 to the server. This means downloading it, unzipping and running the patch.

C:\Oracle_patch\18310693>c:\Oracle\Middleware\Oracle_Home\OPatch\opatch apply
Oracle Interim Patch Installer version
Copyright (c) 2014, Oracle Corporation.  All rights reserved.

Oracle Home       : C:\Oracle\Middleware\Oracle_Home
Central Inventory : C:\Program Files\Oracle\Inventory
   from           : n/a
OPatch version    :
OUI version       :
Log file location : C:\Oracle\Middleware\Oracle_Home\cfgtoollogs\opatch\18310693_Jan_18_2015_16_25_03\apply2015-01-18_16-24-53PM_1.log

OPatch detects the Middleware Home as "C:\Oracle\Middleware\Oracle_Home"

Jan 18, 2015 4:25:03 PM oracle.sysman.oii.oiii.OiiiInstallAreaControl initAreaControl
INFO: Install area Control created with access level  0
Applying interim patch '18310693' to OH 'C:\Oracle\Middleware\Oracle_Home'
Verifying environment and performing prerequisite checks...
All checks passed.

Please shutdown Oracle instances running out of this ORACLE_HOME on the local system.
(Oracle Home = 'C:\Oracle\Middleware\Oracle_Home')

Is the local system ready for patching? [y|n]
User Responded with: Y
Backing up files...

Patching component oracle.integration.soainfra,

Patching component oracle.integration.soainfra,

Patching component oracle.soacommon.plugins,

Patching component oracle.soacommon.plugins,

Verifying the update...
Patch 18310693 successfully applied
Log file location: C:\Oracle\Middleware\Oracle_Home\cfgtoollogs\opatch\18310693_Jan_18_2015_16_25_03\apply2015-01-18_16-24-53PM_1.log

OPatch succeeded.

After this….start your server again and try your composite again. The result should be:


7 Replies to “OFM 12C from the trenches: Business flow instance name bug and solution”

  1. Guys , You don’t have to apply patch for this, Please try use the below java embedded code it works.

  2. Hi Hugo,

    I have a Strange issue,I am using oraext:setFlowInstanceTitle() in assign activity.For the first time when i deployed service in EM, i am able to see name on instances and again when i redeploy the service i was not able to see the name populated on instance.

    Could you please help me out on this issue.

    Thanks in Advance.


  3. Hi Hugo, Good morning, sorry for staring the thread again. i have one strange issue in all of the rest services. We have migrated from 12.1 soa to 12.2 soa recently, after that all the rest services stopped working with the old json payload(the same payload was working fine before the migration when we tested the service from soapUi, EM and ADF screens) now its not working from any where. but we are able to send the request with the payload which is created by rest adapter from EM but not from soapUI and Adf screens. could you please suggest anything to resolve this?

    Thanks in advance

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