Loop Files - Find Latest File

added on December 8, 2008 by Leonard Amabile
Applies To: AutoMate 6, AutoMate BPA Server 7

This sample task will demonstrate how AutoMate can loop files in a folder and find the latest file. The task will loop through a specified folder and compare each subsequent loop with the latest file found using the FileDateTime(Name) Function.

FileDateTime(Name) returns the last modification date and time for the specified file.

The syntax for the FileDateTime function is:

FileDateTime(Name)

(Name) is the path to a file name or variable that you wish to retrieve the created or last modified date for.

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Comments (2)

  1. 1/5/17 by James Lankford
    This seems like it would work well as long as you only have one file to keep. However, if you have a group of files in a folder where you want to keep the latest of each one, this will not work - correct? Example - for a folder that has the following files: MyFile1_20170101.txt MyFile1_20170102.txt MyFile1_20170103.txt MyFile2_20170101.txt MyFile2_20170102.txt MyFile2_20170103.txt In this example, I want to keep the latest file of each base name. So in the end, only MyFile1_20170103.txt and MyFile2_20170103.txt remain in the folder. I'm thinking I'll have to roll-my-own solution for this as I'm not finding anything I can use or retrofit.
  2. 1/9/17 by Ricardo Castaneda
    Hi James, I would suggest you send over an email to AutoMate.Support@helpsystems.com and we can assist you with your request.
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