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Search in a folder and cycle through subfolders to find the latest file

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Hey Guys,

I've been looking around and can't find anything close to this other than knowing I'd need to use _FileListToArray and FileGetTime.

  • I want to search the folder: C:/Folder/
  • Look inside ALL subfolders which which will be Year - Month (Example: 2014 - August or 2014 - September)
  • Look inside all subfolders but IGNORE the folder: "Other" (These folders will be First, Second, Third and Other but the folder(s) may or may not exist)
  • Search in the folders First, Second, Third BUT IGNORE Other, Find and retrieve the latest filename of a .csv file that has been put into any of those three folders, once found it also needs to retreive the filename of the latest .csv from the Full folder.
So if it searches the folders and finds the latest file is in:

C:/Folder/2014 - August/Second/example.csv (Modified/Created 16/10/2014 @ 01:59)

Then it needs to go into the Full folder that accompanies it and find the latest file in that folder:

C:/Folder/2014 - August/Second//Full/mynewexample.csv (Modified/Created 16/10/2014 @ 02:00) <-- Even though the modified time is the latest it should find latest file(s) based on the folder above...

 

It would return two variables: $var1 = example.csv and $var2 = mynewexample.csv

 

Folder Structure:

C:/Folder/
|--------- C:/Folder/2014 - August/
|     |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - August/Other/ (Ignore This Folder)
|     |           |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - August/Other/Full/ (As a child of above, ignore this folder too)
|     |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - August/First/
|     |           |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - August/First/Full/
|     |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - August/Second/
|     |           |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - August/Second/Full/
|     |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - August/Third/
|     |           |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - August/Third/Full/
|-------- C:/Folder/2014 - September/
      |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - September/Other/ (Ignore This Folder)
      |           |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - September/Other/Full/ (As a child of above, ignore this folder too)
      |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - September/First/
      |           |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - September/First/Full/
      |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - September/Second/
      |           |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - September/Second/Full/
      |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - September/Third/
                  |--------- C:/Folder/2014 - September/Third/Full/
Could someone help me with this, I've spent the last 2 hours trying to find something close to what I want on the forum/google and come up with nothing :S Edited by Hyflex

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For a start you'll want to look at...

_FileListToArrayRec

Ahh, that one helps a lot!

 

I've ran into a problem already though, I'm struggling to exclude certain folders...

 

$aArray = _FileListToArrayRec("C:\Folder", "*||Other|Other2", $FLTAR_FILES , $FLTAR_RECUR, $FLTAR_SORT, $FLTAR_FULLPATH)
$fTime = 0

For $i = 0 To UBound($aArray) - 1

    If StringLeft(FileGetTime($aArray[$i], 0, 1), 8) > $fTime Then
        $fTime = StringLeft(FileGetTime($aArray[$i], 0, 1), 8)
        $fName = $aArray[$i]
    EndIf

Next

ConsoleWrite( $ftime & " " & $fname & @CRLF)
I've tried *||Other|Other2 and *||Other||Other2 but I can't get it to exclude both "Other" and "Other2"

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Hyflex,

From the Help file:

 

Multiple filters must be separated by ";"

So try: ;)

_FileListToArrayRec("C:\Folder", "*||Other;Other2", .....)
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Hyflex,

From the Help file:

 

Multiple filters must be separated by ";"

So try: ;)

_FileListToArrayRec("C:\Folder", "*||Other;Other2", .....)
M23

My bad, I didn't/couldn't see that anywhere:

I did fix it a hacky way:

$aArray = _FileListToArrayRec("C:\Folder", "*||Other", $FLTAR_FILES , $FLTAR_RECUR, $FLTAR_SORT, $FLTAR_FULLPATH)
$fTime = 0

For $i = 0 To UBound($aArray) - 1

    If StringLeft(FileGetTime($aArray[$i], 0, 1), 8) > $fTime Then
        If Not StringInStr($aArray[$i], "\Other2\") Then
            $fTime = StringLeft(FileGetTime($aArray[$i], 0, 1), 8)
            $fName = $aArray[$i]
        EndIf
    EndIf

Next

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