Multi Directory Collection Strategy

This section includes a description of the Multi Directory Collection Strategy that is applied with the Disk, FTP, SFTP, and SCP agents. The Multi Directory Collection Strategy enables you to configure a collection agent to collect data from a series of directories that are listed in a control file. The collection agent reads the control file and collects it from the specified directories.


You configure the Multi Directory Collection Strategy from the first tab in the agent configuration view.

The collection agent configuration dialog


Collection Strategy

From the drop-down list select Multi Directory.

Control file Name

Enter the path and the name of the control TXT file.


If the control file is missing, it is empty or if the file is not readable, the workflow aborts.

Example - A Control File


Example - A Control File for VMS



The regular expression of the names of the source files on the local file system. Regular expressions according to Java syntax apply. For further information, see


To match all filenames beginning with  TTFILES , type:  TTFILES.* .


If you leave  Filename  empty, or if you specify  .* , the agent collects all the files.

Abort on Missing Directory

Select this check box to abort the workflow if a directory, that is specified on the control file list, is missing on the server. Otherwise, the workflow continues to execute (default).

Enable Duplicate Filter

Select this check box to prevent the collection of the same file more than once.

Files are considered to be duplicates if the absolute filename is the same.


This check box is selected by default.

The workflow holds an internal data structure with information about which files the collector has collected in previous executions. The data structure is purged by the collection strategy based on the contents of the collection directories. If files collected in the past are no longer found in the collection directory they are removed from the data structure.


The internal data structure is stored in the workflow state. Since workflow state is only updated when files are collected the purged internal data structure will be stored the next time a successful file collection is performed.

It is possible to manually purge the internal duplicate data structure if needed. To do this, disable the duplicate filter and run the workflow. The next time a duplicate filter is enabled the internal data structure will be empty.

Enable Debug

Select this check box to enable the generation of error or debug messages.


If you choose to enable messaging, make sure to enable debugging on the Workflow Monitor, as well. For further information see Workflow Monitor.

Since debugging has a negative impact on performance the debug option should never be enabled in a production environment.

Route FileReferenceUDR

Select this checkbox to route the File Reference UDR instead of raw data.