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Status Not under consideration
Categories Performance
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 28, 2019

Enable use of wildcards in the Watched directories list of File Agent

Currently one can only define a list of directories in CDFA. Each of this directory must be explicitely defined and hence cannot contain wildcards.

The "Monitor sub-directories" option can be activated but this can result, in case of a complex directory structure, to the useless scan of directories and files that are not relevant (and for which no rule has been defined)

This has a significant impact on CDFA performance and prevent it to run every minute.

 

With this change it will be possible to define the "Watched directories" with wildcards.

CDFA will then only scan the directories that match the given pattern and hence improve its performance by a significant factor.

 

Implementation proposal: CDFA should

  • 1. perform a list command (dir or ls) to retrieve the list of the directories matching the pattern
  • 2. loop on all the results of this list command and work as usual (also monitoring sub-directories when activated)
What is your industry? Insurance
How will this idea be used?

In our configuration we need to scan and process files within a directory structure that is dynamic and contains at one level the application username. The files that we want to process are after this username directory level. 

E.g: E:\RootDir\<Username>\DirToBeScanned\FilesToBeProcessed

The only solution that we had is to set the root directory as the watched directory and activate the "Monitor sub-directories" option.

The directory structure below RootDir contains hundred of thousands of files...

Consequently CDFA will each time scan those thousands of files although only a few of them are relevant for the defined CDFA rules.

With this change we will be able to define E:\RootDir\*\DirToBeScanned as the "Watched directory".  CDFA will then only scan those directories and hence improve its performance by a significant factor.

Implementation proposal: CDFA should

  • 1. perform a list command (dir or ls) to retrieve the list of the directories matching the pattern
  • 2. loop on all the results of this list command and work as usual (also monitoring sub-directories when activated)
  • Guest
    Mar 20, 2020

    HI Chris,

    There is always a feasible technical way.

    Interesting. Working with the support team. What for? They already told us to open a RFE for that. Which will at best reviewed months later...

    This just shows again that IBM clearly has very little will to improve this extremely outdated software suite.... whose design is clearly questionable....

    Of course we had to find a different solution. We could not afford waiting that long to move forward....

    Regards,

    Thibaut

  • Admin
    Chris Sanders
    Mar 20, 2020

    Thank you for opening this enhancement request with IBM. I have reviewed it thoroughly with my team. Unfortunately we don't believe that there is a feasible technical way to handle this request that would be applicable to our broader user base at this time. Because of that I must unfortunately reject this request. I might suggest working with our support team to see if they can suggest the most efficient way to list and then import new watched directories that you are seeing.

    Sincerely,

    Chris Sanders

    Connect:Direct Offering Manager