Matching Source Path and Filenames

There are various methods to match the source content for the automation to act on. You can define patterns and criteria that the folders or files must meet for the automation to be triggered. These patterns can include folder structure, specific file names, extensions, or even wildcards to capture a range of files.

By setting these parameters, you ensure that the automation only processes files that match the defined criteria, allowing for precise control over which files are included in the workflow. For instance, you might specify that only .csv files in a particular directory should be acted upon, or use wildcards to include all files in a subfolder. This flexibility allows you to tailor the automation to suit various needs and scenarios.

Path Matching

The path attribute in automation specifies the folders to which the automation applies, working in conjunction with the source attribute to determine the affected files. This attribute supports globs and exclusively refers to folders, not files. The combination of the path and source attributes identifies which files the automation will target. It's important to note that automations only operate on files, even though paths can point to folders that may not yet exist.

Path Globs

Path globs in automations allow for flexible folder matching using wildcards. The * matches any folder at that specific level in the path but excludes subfolders, while the double asterisk ** matches subfolders recursively. For instance, path/to/* matches path/to/folder1 and path/to/folder2, but not path/to/folder1/subfolder, whereas path/to/** includes all subfolders.

The question mark ? matches any single character, and square brackets [] can be used to match any character from a set, similar to regular expressions. However, globs are not supported on remote paths.

By default, Copy and Move automations that use globs will implicitly replicate matched folder structures at the destination. You can optionally flatten the folder structure at the destination.

File Name Pattern Matching

For Copy, Move, and Delete file automations, you can optionally specify a pattern for file names to match using standard text with or without wildcards, or file extension matching (like *.pdf). For example, the pattern matching text *paid* matches any file with a name containing the word 'paid' (case-insensitive). You can also build an expression to match any single character using ?, or match an array of characters using [].

Additionally, you can negate any digits or characters in the file name using ^. For instance, [a-z].*will match all file names that contain only letters, while [^a-z].* means it won't match if the file name contains any characters between 'a' and 'z'.

You can also use time-related patterns with the source file name pattern matching. For example, a move file automation with the source file name pattern %Y%m%d*.* can match all file names starting with today's date in YYYYMMDD format and move those files from source to the destination.

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