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Zip archive

This scheduled task type allows archiving files and folders.

Source folder
Source folder to archive files.

Zip file
Name of zip file.

Additional info for file name
Select additional info that can be appended to the file name.

Include files
One or more file names separated by semicolon. Wildcards (“*” and “?”) are accepted. Since wildcard characters normally match directory separators (“\”), this option may be used to include any files that are in subdirectories. For example,
“1.txt” – include 1.txt file only
“sf\1.txt” – include 1.txt file from “sf” subdirectory only
“*.txt” – include .txt files from all subdirectories
“sf\*.txt” – include .txt files from “sf” and all its subdirectories
“*\*.txt” – include .txt files from all subdirectories (not from main directory)

Exclude files
One or more file names separated by semicolon. Wildcards (“*” and “?”) are accepted. Since wildcard characters normally match directory separators (“\”), this option may be used to exclude any files that are in subdirectories. For example,
“1.txt” – exclude 1.txt file only
“sf\1.txt” – exclude 1.txt file from “sf” subdirectory only
“*.txt” – exclude .txt files from all subdirectories
“sf\*.txt” – exclude .txt files from “sf” and all its subdirectories
“*\*.*” – exclude all subdirectories

Compression level
Compression level from 0 (fastest) to 9 (best).

Password
Set password to zip file.

Notes:

  • To zip a single file, specify its folder, then specify its file name separately, in the Include files filed.
  • To zip files without recursing down directories in the file system, specify “*\*.*” in the Exclude files field.
  • The produced Zip file can include files larger than 4 GB.
  • The produced Zip file uses UTF-8 paths where possible.

Returning codes
Error code: Error code of starting the command
Exit code: Error code of the operation

Can be one of the following values:
0 – Success
2 – Unexpected end of zip file
3 – Zip file structure error
4 – Out of memory
5 – Internal logic error
6 – Entry too large to split, read, or write
10 – Error using a temp file
11 – Read or seek error
12 – Nothing to do
13 – Missing or empty zip file
14 – Error writing to a file
15 – Couldn’t open to write
18 – Could not open a specified file to read
19 – Error in compilation options
20 – Zip64 not supported

Delete files

This scheduled task type allows deleting files and folders.

Source folder
Source folder to delete files from. If a subdirectory of this directory becomes empty after removal of the files, it is also removed.

Include files
One or more file names separated by semicolon. Wildcards (“*” and “?”) are accepted. Since wildcard characters normally match directory separators (“\”), this option may be used to include any files that are in subdirectories. For example,
“1.txt” – include 1.txt file only
“sf\1.txt” – include 1.txt file from “sf” subdirectory only
“*.txt” – include .txt files from all subdirectories
“sf\*.txt” – include .txt files from “sf” and all its subdirectories
“*\*.txt” – include .txt files from all subdirectories (not from main directory)

Exclude files
One or more file names separated by semicolon. Wildcards (“*” and “?”) are accepted. Since wildcard characters normally match directory separators (“\”), this option may be used to exclude any files that are in subdirectories. For example,
“1.txt” – exclude 1.txt file only
“sf\1.txt” – exclude 1.txt file from “sf” subdirectory only
“*.txt” – exclude .txt files from all subdirectories
“sf\*.txt” – exclude .txt files from “sf” and all its subdirectories
“*\*.*” – exclude all subdirectories

Notes:

  • To delete a single file, specify its folder, then specify its file name separately, in the Include files filed.
  • To delete files without recursing down directories in the file system, specify “*\*.*” in the Exclude files field.

Returning codes
Error code: Error code of starting the command
Exit code: Number of files deleted

Move files

This scheduled task type allows moving files and folders.

Source folder
Source folder to move files from.

Destination folder
Destination folder to move files to.

Include files
One or more file names separated by semicolon. Wildcards (“*” and “?”) are accepted. Since wildcard characters normally match directory separators (“\”), this option may be used to include any files that are in subdirectories. For example,
“1.txt” – include 1.txt file only
“sf\1.txt” – include 1.txt file from “sf” subdirectory only
“*.txt” – include .txt files from all subdirectories
“sf\*.txt” – include .txt files from “sf” and all its subdirectories
“*\*.txt” – include .txt files from all subdirectories (not from main directory)

Exclude files
One or more file names separated by semicolon. Wildcards (“*” and “?”) are accepted. Since wildcard characters normally match directory separators (“\”), this option may be used to exclude any files that are in subdirectories. For example,
“1.txt” – exclude 1.txt file only
“sf\1.txt” – exclude 1.txt file from “sf” subdirectory only
“*.txt” – exclude .txt files from all subdirectories
“sf\*.txt” – exclude .txt files from “sf” and all its subdirectories
“*\*.*” – exclude all subdirectories

Notes:

  • To move a single file, specify its source and destination folders, then specify its file name separately, in the Include files filed.
  • To move files without recursing down directories in the file system, specify “*\*.*” in the Exclude files field.

Returning codes
Error code: Error code of starting the command
Exit code: Number of files moved

Copy files

This scheduled task type allows copying files and folders.

Source folder
Source folder to copy files.

Destination folder
Destination folder to copy files.

Include files
One or more file names separated by semicolon. Wildcards (“*” and “?”) are accepted. Since wildcard characters normally match directory separators (“\”), this option may be used to include any files that are in subdirectories. For example,
“1.txt” – include 1.txt file only
“sf\1.txt” – include 1.txt file from “sf” subdirectory only
“*.txt” – include .txt files from all subdirectories
“sf\*.txt” – include .txt files from “sf” and all its subdirectories
“*\*.txt” – include .txt files from all subdirectories (not from main directory)

Exclude files
One or more file names separated by semicolon. Wildcards (“*” and “?”) are accepted. Since wildcard characters normally match directory separators (“\”), this option may be used to exclude any files that are in subdirectories. For example,
“1.txt” – exclude 1.txt file only
“sf\1.txt” – exclude 1.txt file from “sf” subdirectory only
“*.txt” – exclude .txt files from all subdirectories
“sf\*.txt” – exclude .txt files from “sf” and all its subdirectories
“*\*.*” – exclude all subdirectories

Notes:

  • To copy a single file, specify its source and destination folders, then specify its file name separately, in the Include files filed.
  • To copy files without recursing down directories in the file system, specify “*\*.*” in the Exclude files field.

Returning codes
Error code: Error code of starting the command
Exit code: Number of files copied

FTP delete

This scheduled task type allows deleting files and folders via FTP, FTPS or SFTP protocol.

Remote dir
Remote directory to delete files. If a subdirectory of this directory becomes empty after removal of the files, it is also removed. The directory must include protocol type, server address and path. Optionally, it can include user name and password, and port number. For example,

ftp://example.com/Documents – This specifies the FTP protocol and the Documents directory under the user’s home directory.
ftp://example.com:221/Documents – This specifies the FTP protocol, FTP server’s port 221, and the Documents directory under the user’s home directory.
ftps://user:password@example.com/Documents – This specifies the FTPS protocol, user name and password, and the Documents directory under the user’s home directory.
sftp://user:password@example.com/etc/issue – This specifies the SFTP protocol, user name and password, and /etc/issue directory.
sftp://user@example.com/~/Documents/ – This specifies the SFTP protocol, user name, and the Documents directory under the user’s home directory.

Include files
One or more file names separated by semicolon. Wildcards (“*” and “?”) are accepted. Since wildcard characters normally match directory separators (“\”), this option may be used to include any files that are in subdirectories. For example,

“1.txt” – include 1.txt file only
“sf\1.txt” – include 1.txt file from “sf” subdirectory only
“*.txt” – include .txt files from all subdirectories
“sf\*.txt” – include .txt files from “sf” and all its subdirectories
“*\*.txt” – include .txt files from all subdirectories (not from main directory)

Exclude files
One or more file names separated by semicolon. Wildcards (“*” and “?”) are accepted. Since wildcard characters normally match directory separators (“\”), this option may be used to exclude any files that are in subdirectories. For example,

“1.txt” – exclude 1.txt file only
“s\1.txt” – exclude 1.txt file from “sf” subdirectory only
“*.txt” – exclude .txt files from all subdirectories
“s\f*.txt” – exclude .txt files from “sf” and all its subdirectories
“*\*.*” – exclude all subdirectories

Passive
Use passive mode like WWW browsers.

SSL/TLS
Use FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPES)

Force UTF8 for file names
Use UTF8 file names even if UTF8 is not enabled on the server. This option is useful if your FTP server understands UTF8 encoded file names but does not report that it has UTF8 support.

FTP servers: Advanced Task Scheduler detects UTF8 support in the following way:
If the FEAT command reports UTF8 support, it sends the “OPTS UTF8 ON” command and assumes that UTF8 is enabled.
If the FEAT command does not report UTF8 support, it sends the “OPTS UTF8 ON” command and assumes that UTF8 is enabled only if server reports a success code.

SFTP servers: use this option if file system on the server machine is UTF8 encoded.

Use password authentication
Use FTP authentication.

Use public key authentication (SFTP) or SSL Certificate (FTPS)
SFTP Public key or SSL Certificate and Private key in pem format. Read more here: Public key and Certificate authentication.

Tunneling proxy
Use tunneling proxy.

Notes:

  • To delete a single file, specify its remote and local folders, then specify its file name separately, in the Include files filed.
  • To delete files without recursing down directories in the file system, specify “*\*.*” in the Exclude files field.

Returning codes
Error code: Error code of starting the command
Exit code: Number of files deleted

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