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File Agent Rule Definition Panel: Capability to use the same arguments in the "process name" field as in "process arguments"

We would like to create a very dynamic approach for the definition of file agent rules using the "monitor subdirecctory feature" and a model for subdirectory structures containing the cdp process file name.


  • Guest
  • Sep 27 2019
  • Future consideration
What is your industry? Insurance
How will this idea be used?

Our file system has the structure






These could be real directories or symbolic links to application data locations.

The rule defines to traverse from .../out including all sub-directories.

In the "process arguments" a lot of arguments can be used. One defines a reference to "FileTransferID" section of the path.

If the same arguments could be used in "process name" the name of the cdp process file will be indirectly defined by the sub-directory structure.

As a consequence the File Agent rule definition does not need to be touched if a new directory is introduced or removed.

This follows a clear segregation of duties:

- definition of directory structures and applying correct permissions and symbolic links:     System Admins 

- definition of cdp files and FA rules:  Connect:Direct expert


In the consequence the rare resources of CD Experts can be protected.

  • Admin
    Chris Sanders commented
    28 Aug, 2020 03:00pm

    Thank you for your patience as we reviewed this request a bit further internally. Our dev and support members were able to synch up on your previous case and believe they understand the request better now.

    I'm pleased to say that we believe it will be possible to add substitution variables to the process name field in File Agent to allow arguments to be passed to reduce the number of rules that would need to be created. I am accepting this request as an uncommitted candidate and will look to add it to the roadmap moving forward.


    Chris Sanders

    Connect:Direct Offering Manager

  • Guest commented
    21 Nov, 2019 12:00pm

    Sorry - either you tell me how to meet the needs or not. I am not going to explain it to support again and again.

  • Admin
    Chris Sanders commented
    20 Nov, 2019 10:15pm

    Thank you for opening this enhancement request with IBM. I have reviewed this request with my team and we believe it may be possible to meet your needs with existing File Agent capabilities.

    I'd like to ask that you open a case with our support team with a reference to this enhancement request. They will likely need to take a look at your FA configuration and may be able to provide suggestions that will resolve this issue. If they cannot resolve this issue I'd like to ask that you direct them to me to provide some additional context on what your needs are and what gaps exist.


    Chris Sanders

    Connect:Direct Offering Manager

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