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[SOLVED] Unable to filter when using looped files operator

jb1376jb1376 Member Posts: 2 Contributor I
edited November 2018 in Help
I'm trying to use Loop Files operators to iterate over a directory and filter the file names by a six digit string that represents they year and month (YYYYMM). I am able to assemble the full list of .csv files but my attempts to filter the list using the regex option aren't working. The regex expression I'm using is _2015. The Edit Regular Expression window is showing it's valid but isn't working correctly when the full process runs. The basic down and dirty is the following:

Wanted results:
filter: '_201512'
folder/subfolder/file_name_20151201.csv
folder/subfolder/file_name_20151202.csv
folder/subfolder/file_name_20151203.csv
...

What i'm getting:
folder/subfolder/file_name_20151201.csv
folder/subfolder/file_name_20151202.csv
folder/subfolder/file_name_20151203.csv
older/subfolder/file_name_20160101.csv
folder/subfolder/file_name_20160102.csv
folder/subfolder/file_name_20160103.csv
...

I'm new to RapidMiner and probably something simple. Here is the xml of what I've set up. The archiving and write operators are working when I have no filter in place, but when I add a regex I get a zip folder with nothing in it.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
<process version="7.0.000">
 <context>
   <input/>
   <output/>
   <macros/>
 </context>
 <operator activated="true" class="process" compatibility="6.0.002" expanded="true" name="Process">
   <process expanded="true">
     <operator activated="true" class="loop_files" compatibility="6.4.000" expanded="true" height="82" name="Loop Files" width="90" x="112" y="187">
       <parameter key="directory" value="C:\Users\jb1376\Desktop\test\"/>
       <parameter key="recursive" value="true"/>
       <process expanded="true">
         <operator activated="true" class="open_file" compatibility="7.0.000" expanded="true" height="68" name="Open File" width="90" x="514" y="34">
           <parameter key="filename" value="%{file_path}"/>
         </operator>
         <connect from_op="Open File" from_port="file" to_port="out 1"/>
         <portSpacing port="source_file object" spacing="0"/>
         <portSpacing port="source_in 1" spacing="0"/>
         <portSpacing port="sink_out 1" spacing="0"/>
         <portSpacing port="sink_out 2" spacing="0"/>
       </process>
     </operator>
     <operator activated="true" class="create_archive_file" compatibility="7.0.000" expanded="true" height="68" name="Create Archive File" width="90" x="246" y="34"/>
     <operator activated="true" class="add_entry_to_archive_file" compatibility="7.0.000" expanded="true" height="103" name="Add Entry to Archive File" width="90" x="447" y="136"/>
     <operator activated="true" class="write_file" compatibility="7.0.000" expanded="true" height="68" name="Write File" width="90" x="648" y="136">
       <parameter key="filename" value="C:\Users\jb1376\Desktop\201512.zip"/>
     </operator>
     <connect from_op="Loop Files" from_port="out 1" to_op="Add Entry to Archive File" to_port="file input 1"/>
     <connect from_op="Create Archive File" from_port="archive file" to_op="Add Entry to Archive File" to_port="archive file"/>
     <connect from_op="Add Entry to Archive File" from_port="archive file" to_op="Write File" to_port="file"/>
     <portSpacing port="source_input 1" spacing="0"/>
     <portSpacing port="sink_result 1" spacing="0"/>
   </process>
 </operator>
</process>
Any help is appreciated.

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    Marco_BoeckMarco_Boeck Administrator, Moderator, Employee, Member, University Professor Posts: 1,996 RM Engineering
    Hi,

    the filter will only accept a file if it matches the full file name. In your case, your regex matches only a part of it. I have modified your process by changing the regex a bit and now it should work:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
    <process version="7.1.000-SNAPSHOT">
      <context>
        <input/>
        <output/>
        <macros/>
      </context>
      <operator activated="true" class="process" compatibility="6.0.002" expanded="true" name="Process">
        <process expanded="true">
          <operator activated="true" class="loop_files" compatibility="6.4.000" expanded="true" height="82" name="Loop Files" width="90" x="112" y="187">
            <parameter key="directory" value="C:\Users\jb1376\Desktop\test\"/>
            <parameter key="filter" value=".*_201512.*.csv"/>
            <parameter key="recursive" value="true"/>
            <process expanded="true">
              <operator activated="true" class="open_file" compatibility="7.1.000-SNAPSHOT" expanded="true" height="68" name="Open File" width="90" x="514" y="34">
                <parameter key="filename" value="%{file_path}"/>
              </operator>
              <connect from_op="Open File" from_port="file" to_port="out 1"/>
              <portSpacing port="source_file object" spacing="0"/>
              <portSpacing port="source_in 1" spacing="0"/>
              <portSpacing port="sink_out 1" spacing="0"/>
              <portSpacing port="sink_out 2" spacing="0"/>
            </process>
          </operator>
          <operator activated="true" class="create_archive_file" compatibility="7.1.000-SNAPSHOT" expanded="true" height="68" name="Create Archive File" width="90" x="246" y="34"/>
          <operator activated="true" class="add_entry_to_archive_file" compatibility="7.1.000-SNAPSHOT" expanded="true" height="103" name="Add Entry to Archive File" width="90" x="447" y="136"/>
          <operator activated="true" class="write_file" compatibility="7.1.000-SNAPSHOT" expanded="true" height="68" name="Write File" width="90" x="648" y="136">
            <parameter key="filename" value="C:\Users\jb1376\Desktop\201512.zip"/>
          </operator>
          <connect from_op="Loop Files" from_port="out 1" to_op="Add Entry to Archive File" to_port="file input 1"/>
          <connect from_op="Create Archive File" from_port="archive file" to_op="Add Entry to Archive File" to_port="archive file"/>
          <connect from_op="Add Entry to Archive File" from_port="archive file" to_op="Write File" to_port="file"/>
          <portSpacing port="source_input 1" spacing="0"/>
          <portSpacing port="sink_result 1" spacing="0"/>
        </process>
      </operator>
    </process>
    Regards,
    Marco
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    jb1376jb1376 Member Posts: 2 Contributor I
    Marco,
    Thanks for the fix. Ughh used to filtering by contains with languages instead of regex. Thanks again for your help.
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