Batching methods

The way that hot folder and SFTP input devices submit jobs is determined by the Batching method property of the input device.

By default, using any batching method except None causes an input device to create jobs as groups that use the parent/child structure. A parent job contains no data; it is a container that maintains the relationship between other jobs. Those jobs are child jobs. Each input file that a batching method includes in a group becomes a child job.

For all batching methods except None, JDF, and List, Ricoh ProcessDirector for Windows processes child jobs in the order that the files were last modified. The Windows Date Modified value is shown as the value of the Time submitted job property. Because the Date Modified value does not change when the file is received by the input device, a file created in 2010 and submitted in 2011 shows a Time submitted from 2010.

    Note:
  • If you set the Create .zip file property of an input device to Yes, the input device does not create groups of jobs that use the parent/child structure. Instead, the input device gathers all the input files in the group and creates a ZIP file to hold them. The ZIP file is submitted as a single job. You must have a step in the workflow that unzips the file unless the other steps can process a file in ZIP file format.
  • You can submit all the input files in an input device with the Batch all action on the input device as long as the Batching method is not JDF or Pattern. The Batch all action does not wait for the Polling interval to be reached before creating the jobs.