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Taking Advantage of FileList Variables

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Last month, I showed you how to create a FileSet to SFTP a list of files based on certain selection criteria. This month, I’m going to show you how to take advantage of that FileSet by creating a FileList. You can review how we created the FileSet by clicking on the link: Using File Lists via SFTP

FileLists can be created several different ways:
1. As the result of the CreateFileList Task
2. As an Output Variable of a local file task (copy, move, rename, encrypt, etc)
3. As an Output Variable of a remote file transfer (ftp, sftp, ftps, etc)
4. As a Parameter passed into a Project from a Monitor

Once you have the FileList variable created, manipulation of the file(s) associated to that FileList becomes as easy as typing a Variable into a Prompt … no matter how many files there are!

Our previous example created a FileSet by executing the FTP|Put Task. (See Figure 1)
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In today’s example, we will convert our FileSet into a FileList variable, and then use that variable to archive our files using the Copy task.

To convert this FileSet into a FileList variable, click on the “Send Files to Target” task and select the “Output Variables” tab. Type “locFiles” into the “Processed Source Files Variable”. This will give you a FileList variable that will contain just the files (on the source server) that match the selection criteria identified under the FileSet element. (See Figure 2)
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Now, for example, it becomes easy to Archive the files you transferred with one command!In the project outline, add a new Copy task. Name the task “Archive Files,” and then place the FileList variable in the “Source Files Variable” field. (See Figure 3)
Figure 3

Execute the project and review the joblog. You will see that the files are identified and moved (archived) as a group of files. (See Figure 4)
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