What is Trigger File?

A “trigger file” is a common type of control file used to initiate further processing or retransmission.  Trigger files are typically created by the same application that original sends files into a file transfer system.

The two most common types of trigger files are files with similar names to the files that need to be sent and files that contain the names of files that need to be sent.  Examples of two of the most common types of trigger files are shown below.

Similar Name Trigger File Example: Two files named “textrequest_20110608.xml” and “textrequest_20110608.tiff” are sent into a file transfer system.  A third trigger file called “textrequest_20110608.trg” is then uploaded to tell the system to process or send the two “xml” and “tiff” files bearing similar names.

List of Files Trigger File Example: Two files named “textrequest_20110608.xml” and “textrequest_20110608.tiff” are sent into a file transfer system.  A third trigger file called “trigger24235.txt” containing the names of the “xml” and “tiff” files is then uploaded to tell the system to process those specific files.

See “control file” for more information.

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