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Directory Tool

The directory tool returns a listing of all the files in a specified directory. Along with file names, other pertinent information about each file is returned, including file size, creation date, last modified, and much more.

Configuration Properties

  1. Specify the directory to return the file contents of. Either type in the location path or use the browse icon to navigate to the intended directory.

  2. Specify the type of files to return.

  3. Include Sub directories check box, when checked will search for the specified file types in directories within the specified directory. When this box is left unchecked, only files at the root level of the specified directory will be returned.

Click Apply to have the configurations accepted.

For information regarding Input, Output, Annotation and Error Properties, see Tool Properties.

Output Fields

The following fields are outputted from the Directory Tool at runtime:

Name

Type

Definition

FullPath

V_WString

The entire path of the file. This includes the drive, directory and file name.

Directory

V_WString

Specified directory the file resides in.

FileName

V_WString

The name of the file.

ShortFileName

V_WString

Old filename convention used by versions of MS Windows prior to Win95 for compatibility with legacy programs.

CreationTime

DateTime

Date and Time the file was originally created.

LastAccessTime*

DateTime

Date and Time the file was last read.

LastWriteTime

DateTime

Date and Time the file was last written or updated.

Size

Int64

File size in bytes.

AttributeArchive

Bool

The file or directory is an archive file or directory.

Applications use this attribute to mark files for backup or removal.

AttributeCompressed

Bool

The file or directory is compressed.

This means that all of the data in the file is compressed.

AttributeEncrypted

Bool

The file or directory is encrypted.

This means that all data in the file is encrypted.

AttributeHidden

Bool

The file or directory is hidden.

It is not included in an ordinary directory listing.

AttributeNormal

Bool

The file or directory does not have other attributes set.

AttributeOffline

Bool

The file data is not available immediately.

This attribute indicates that the file data is physically moved to offline storage.

This attribute is used by Remote Storage, which is the hierarchical storage management software.

AttributeReadOnly

Bool

The file or directory is read-only.

For a file, applications can read the file, but cannot write to it or delete it.

AttributeReparsePoint

Bool

The file has an associated reparse point.

AttributeSparseFile

Bool

The file is a sparse file.

AttributeSystem

Bool

The file or directory is part of the operating system, or the operating system uses the file or directory exclusively.

AttributeTemporary

Bool

The file is being used for temporary storage.

File systems attempt to keep all of the data in memory for quick access, rather than flushing it back to mass storage.

*LastAccessTime is an attribute that is turned off by default on some operating systems. If you would like to know more about this attribute and enable it on your machine, please reference this article.