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how to open a file with any name (*) and specific extension in VB

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I am trying to make a timer1 in VB open an do a streamread on any file that has a specific extension (example .txt), i have not been able to make it
i tried

 Dim inputfile As String = "C:\1PROJECTS\INPUT\*.TXT"

Private Sub fileexisttimer_Tick(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles fileexisttimer.Tick
        If File.Exists(inputfile) Then
                   Dim i As Integer = 1
        
            Dim sr1 As New StreamReader(inputfile)
 
.........
end sub

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 but when the SR (streamreader starts, it will not recognize or open the file) ...
is there a way to do this?

thanks
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Question by:Henry Ottiz
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I went with a different approach

if i find a file with the specific extension buit any name  inside the folder, i rename the file to the specific name for the Streamreader to accept it...
i created a new timer for that routine and the streamreader timer stop and starts that timer so they do not clash..

  Private Sub renameFilesInFolder()
        Dim sourcePath As String = inputfolder
        Dim searchPattern As String = "*.txt"
     
        For Each fileName As String In Directory.GetFiles(sourcePath, searchPattern, SearchOption.AllDirectories)
            File.Move(Path.Combine(sourcePath, fileName), Path.Combine(sourcePath, "myfiletosue" & ".txt"))
         
        Next
    End Sub

    Private Sub Timerrenamefile_Tick(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles Timerrenamefile.Tick
        renameFilesInFolder()
    End Sub

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