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Oracle® Fusion Middleware Administrator's Guide for Imaging and Process Management
11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

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5.2 Understanding Input Files

The Input Agent performs work based on input files. These are simple text documents, similar to CSV (comma-separated values) files, that contain lists of files and associated metadata to index into the Oracle I/PM system. The input file can use different encodings as long as the correct encoding is specified in the input definition. Input Agent looks for all input files that match the input mask of the input definition and not the sample file that is used to define the input definition. Note that sample files are not required when creating an input through the API. They are only used when creating an input through the user interface so a user can see the data to help choose the columns.


Input file masks must be unique to the Oracle I/PM system and cannot overlap. Input Agent only processes an input file for one input and will not restage a file to be processed again for a different input definition. The order in which inputs are processed is random so it is unknown as to which input will pick up a shared input file.

A sample input file looks like:

C:\IPMData\Input Files\print\NewPrintstreams\doc16.txt|NEW ORDER|10/06/94|B82L|218482 C:\IPMData\Input Files\print\NewPrintstreams\doc17.txt|NEW ORDER|10/06/94|N71H|007124 C:\IPMData\Input Files\print\NewPrintstreams\doc18.txt|NEW ORDER|10/06/94|B83W|24710

The detailed structure of an input file is defined as:

[path to document file][delimiter][metadata value 1]<[delimiter]<metadata value 2> ... <delimiter>>


Dates and times specified in the input file are subject to current Daylight Savings Time rules, and not the DST rules in effect for the specified date. This can cause the timestamp of the document to shift forward or back up to two hours. If the timestamp shifts forward or back across midnight, the date used for the document input may also shift.