Data patterns

Specifies one or more pattern-matching strings. Ricoh ProcessDirector uses these strings to identify the input files that this input device should accept for processing as single jobs. The value uses regular expression syntax and characters in the value are case-sensitive. For example, .*PRD$,.*PDF$ represent patterns that are different from .*prd$,.*pdf$. Separate multiple patterns by commas; do not type a space between them.

The default data pattern-matching string for the Hot folder input devices that Ricoh ProcessDirector provides is .*$, which means that those input devices accept any file as an input file that contains job data.

The default data pattern-matching string for the Ricoh ProcessDirector Download input devices is .*PRD$. This default string cannot be changed. In this string:

  • Period (.) matches a single occurrence of any character.
  • Asterisk (*) matches zero or more occurrences of the preceding expression.
  • PRD are the actual characters that must match.
  • Dollar sign ($) signifies that a match of PRD signifies the END of the expression.

The default data pattern-matching string for LPD input devices is .*\.prt$. This default string cannot be changed. In this string:

  • Period (.) matches a single occurrence of any character.
  • Asterisk (*) matches zero or more occurrences of the preceding expression.
  • Backslash (\) indicates that the following period is a literal period, not a placeholder.
  • .prt are the actual characters that must match.
  • Dollar sign ($) signifies that a match of .prt signifies the END of the expression.

Database name
InputDevice.FileDataPatterns

Usage notes:

  • Input files that Ricoh ProcessDirector identifies as data files have a submit type of Data when they display in the input files table for the input device.
  • If the Completion method property for the input device is Trigger, Ricoh ProcessDirector checks for trigger files first. It then checks for other pattern types in this order: overrides patterns, list patterns, data patterns.