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This wait type is where a thread in SQLOS is waiting for something to do. This wait starts when the thread becomes idle and stops when the thread is given some work to do.

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Added in SQL Server version:

Azure SQL Database and SQL Server 2019

Removed in SQL Server version:


Extended Events wait_type value:

The map_key value in sys.dm_xe_map_values is 172 as of May 2018. You must check the DMV to get the latest value as some map_key values have changed in later builds.

Other information:

This wait type is one that I usually filter out as a benign wait when doing wait statistics analysis. It will usually show up as the top wait on Azure SQL Database and SQL Server 2019 and can be safely ignored. A blog post with an investigation into this wait is here.

Known occurrences in SQL Server (list number matches call stack list):

  1. Waiting for some work to do

Abbreviated call stacks (list number matches known occurrences list):

  1. SOS_Task::PostWait+0x6f