File patterns

Specifies one or more pattern-matching strings that can be used to identify jobs based on their file names. You can use this property in conjunction with the Number of jobs expected property to monitor for specific print jobs. If a job name matches one of their file patterns, it is counted as a unit of expected work.

The value uses regular expression syntax:

  • Period (.) matches a single occurrence of any character (letter or number)
  • Asterisk (*) matches zero or more of the preceding character, up to the maximum file name length
  • Backslash (\) is the escape character that means the next character is interpreted literally
  • Dollar sign ($) means that a match signifies the END of the expression

Characters in the value are case-sensitive. For example, .*PDF$ represents a pattern that is different from .*pdf$. Separate multiple patterns by commas; do not type a space between them.

Database name


Usage note: When you submit jobs using the lprafp or lpr commands, the command renames the job files to an unrecognizable format. As a result, the file name is not likely to match any patterns that you create. If you submit jobs using the lprafp or lpr commands, we recommend leaving this property blank.

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