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How to modify a C# console application to read input files that don't have recognizable names and process the correct file based on file contents?

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I am creating my first C# Console application using Visual Studio 2005.
I have 2 daily input files with file names like the following that have no file name extension and let's assume the 2 files reside on my C drive in the root directory.
The names of the 2 daily input files change all the time, so I cannot hardcode the name of the input files in my C# program.

File #1) C:\%Clfids%M_vcd_lfids%GXSSSHDinback%POLLABLE%005cnp0msg0004ot8v
File #2) C:\%Clfids%M_xml_lfids%GXSSSHDinback%POLLABLE%005cnotula0004oqql

The contents of File #1 starts out as follows and I want to igore this file:

II*     þ              “      Ç                            Æ                     Ç       !      ¶       ¾   (   

The contents of File #2 starts out as follows and I want to process this file's contents:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<csc:CVision_Index_File
    xmlns:csc="http://c.csc.com/xml/CVision_Index_File">
<csc:header>
    <csc:version>1.0</csc:version>
    <csc:c_name>              </csc:c_name>
    <csc:input_req_file></csc:input_req_file>
</csc:header>
<csc:item>
    <csc:processing_date>20100915</csc:processing_date>
    <csc:item_sequence_number>000006</csc:item_sequence_number>
    <csc:account_number>0000000000001</csc:account_number>
    <csc:check_number>0000000</csc:check_number>
</csc:item>
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A snippet of my C# code follows.

Do you know how the following code could be modified so as to read the contents of 2 daily input files, regardless of the file names of the input files and ignore the contents of the file that has unintelligible characters and process the file that starts out with the data records shown in File #2? The values shown in File #2 are static for the first 3 records, so you can key in on any of these records in File #2, so that you would know to process this particular file.

using System;
using System.Xml;
using System.IO;
namespace ReadXml1
{
     class Class1
     {
         static string GetFormattedValue(string strVal)
         {
             return strVal.Substring(0, strVal.Length - 2) + "." + strVal.Substring(strVal.Length - 2);
         }

         static void Main(string[] args)
         {
            int i = 0;
            string[,] arr1 = new string[1000,6];
            int iCheckNumber = 0;
            XmlTextReader reader = new XmlTextReader("C:\\h.xml");
            StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter("C:\\output.txt");
            while (reader.Read())
            {
                if (reader.NodeType == XmlNodeType.Element)
                {
                    if (reader.Name == "csc:check_number")
                    {
                        iCheckNumber = iCheckNumber + 1;
                        arr1[i,0] = "COMMENT: CHECK NUMBER #" + iCheckNumber;
                        arr1[i,1] = "GROUP_FIELD_NAME:CheckNumber";
                        String e = reader.ReadElementContentAsString();
                        String formattedString = e.Substring(6, 3);
                        arr1[i,2] = "GROUP_FIELD_VALUE:" + e;                        
                                          }
                    if (reader.Name == "csc:routing_transit")
                    {
                        arr1[i,3] = "GROUP_FIELD_NAME:RoutingTransit";
                        arr1[i,4] = "GROUP_FIELD_VALUE:" + reader.ReadElementContentAsString();
                        arr1[i,5] = "GROUP_FIELD_NAME:BankName";
                        arr1[i,6] = "GROUP_FIELD_VALUE:HBANK";                  
                }                        
            }  
            for (int iter = 0; iter < i; iter++)
            {
                for (int j = 0; j < 6; j++)
                {
                    sw.WriteLine(arr1[iter,j]);
                }
            }          
            sw.Close();
            reader.Close();                
         }                  
     }
}

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Assuming that:
* your XML file always begins with "C:\%Clfids%M_xml_lfids", and
* you clean the folder each day so that old versions of your files are not present,
try something like this.

It should return find one file f that is the XML file you want to process.

    DirectoryInfo dir = new DirectoryInfo(@"C:\%Clfids%M_xml_lfids*");
    foreach (FileInfo f in dir.GetFiles()) ProcessFile(f);

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by:zimmer9
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To avoid confusion, assume that the 2 daily files are placed in a folder named C:\BANKFILES and we know absolutely nothing about the naming convention of the 2 XML files. How would you process the files?
The file names are unpredictable but the folder C:\BANKFILES is cleaned out every day and 2 new files are moved into folder C:\BANKFILES
 
For example, tomorrow the file names are now:

1) C:\BANKFILES \%Ch%XSSSHDinback%POLLABLE%39fede005cnp0msg0004ot8v
2) C:\BANKFILES \%39f%Ch%MORGANDEANDISC_xml_lfids%GXSSSHDinback%fede0056mhe6p500b75tbu
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by:zimmer9
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I can't assume that a file name with the characters "xml" in it, is the file I need to process.
I really need to read the contents of the 2 files to determine which of the 2 files needs to be processed. The file that I need to process would contain records like the following and the 1st 3 records are ALWAYS as follows:

<?xml version="1.0"?>              THIS RECORD IS ALWAYS THE SAME
<csc:CVision_Index_File           THIS RECORD IS ALWAYS THE SAME
    xmlns:csc="http://c.csc.com/xml/CVision_Index_File">   THIS RECORD IS ALWAYS THE SAME
<csc:header>
    <csc:version>1.0</csc:version>
    <csc:c_name>              </csc:c_name>
    <csc:input_req_file></csc:input_req_file>
</csc:header>
<csc:item>
    <csc:processing_date>20100915</csc:processing_date>
    <csc:item_sequence_number>000006</csc:item_sequence_number>
    <csc:account_number>0000000000001</csc:account_number>
    <csc:check_number>0000000</csc:check_number>
</csc:item>
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by:shadow77
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In that case, I would use this code, which will find both files.  The file you wish to ignore should cause an exception and will just be closed.

static void Main(string[] args)
{
    int i = 0;
    string[,] arr1 = new string[1000,6];
    int iCheckNumber = 0;

    DirectoryInfo dir = new DirectoryInfo(@"C:\BANKFILES\*");
    foreach (FileInfo f in dir.GetFiles())
    {
        XmlTextReader reader = null;
        StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter("C:\\output.txt");
        try
        {
            reader = new XmlTextReader("C:\\h.xml");
            while (reader.Read())
            {
                if (reader.NodeType == XmlNodeType.Element)
                {
                    if (reader.Name == "csc:check_number")
                    {
                        iCheckNumber = iCheckNumber + 1;
                        arr1[i,0] = "COMMENT: CHECK NUMBER #" + iCheckNumber;
                        arr1[i,1] = "GROUP_FIELD_NAME:CheckNumber";
                        String e = reader.ReadElementContentAsString();
                        String formattedString = e.Substring(6, 3);
                        arr1[i,2] = "GROUP_FIELD_VALUE:" + e;                        
                    }
                    if (reader.Name == "csc:routing_transit")
                    {
                        arr1[i, 3] = "GROUP_FIELD_NAME:RoutingTransit";
                        arr1[i, 4] = "GROUP_FIELD_VALUE:" + reader.ReadElementContentAsString();
                        arr1[i, 5] = "GROUP_FIELD_NAME:BankName";
                        arr1[i, 6] = "GROUP_FIELD_VALUE:HBANK";
                    }
                }                        
            }  
            for (int iter = 0; iter < i; iter++)
            {
                for (int j = 0; j < 6; j++)
                {
                    sw.WriteLine(arr1[iter,j]);
                }
            }          
        }
        catch (XmlException ex)
        {
            // Handle XML exceptions
        }
        catch (Exception ex)
        {
            // Handle general exceptions
        }
        finally
        {
            sw.Close();
            if (reader != null) reader.Close();
        }
    }
}                  

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DirectoryInfo dir = new DirectoryInfo(@"C:\BANKFILES\*");

System.ArgumentException     {"Illegal characters in path."}
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by:shadow77
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Sorry; I was a bit rushed this morning and did not test because I don't have your setup.

This should work:

	DirectoryInfo dir = new DirectoryInfo(@"C:\BANKFILES");
	foreach (FileInfo f in dir.GetFiles())
	{
	    XmlTextReader reader = null;
	    StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter("C:\\output.txt");
	    try
	    {
	        reader = new XmlTextReader(f);
	        while (reader.Read())

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Error      1      The best overloaded method match for 'System.Xml.XmlTextReader.XmlTextReader(System.Xml.XmlNameTable)' has some invalid arguments      \\msad\root\NA\NY\users\Z\Visual Studio 2005\Projects\ConsoleApplication3\ConsoleApplication3\Program.cs      27      30      ConsoleApplication3

Error      2      Argument '1': cannot convert from 'System.IO.FileInfo' to 'System.Xml.XmlNameTable'      \\msad\root\NA\NY\users\Z\Visual Studio 2005\Projects\ConsoleApplication3\ConsoleApplication3\Program.cs      27      48      ConsoleApplication3
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reader = new XmlTextReader(f.FullName);
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