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Topic Title: Updating a File Using a Local Variable
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Created On: 06/25/2018 09:48 AM
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 06/25/2018 09:48 AM
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n00b (>6 posts)

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I am trying to update a file once a month to change the date that is written in YYYYMMDD format. The file is on an FTP server, so I am downloading it on the first of the month, trying to write to it with the first day of the previous month, then I need to upload it back to the server.

I have successfully gotten the file to download, and I can write to it, but every time I try to add the custom variable, I am getting the error "Variable or function does not exist."

Not sure if it is even possible to write to a file using a variable, or it could be that I am using the incorrect syntax. I have included the code up to the point of trying to write to the file.

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Edited: 06/25/2018 at 10:16 AM by GregPalios
 06/26/2018 03:13 AM
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 06/28/2018 12:16 PM
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Justin Aucoin

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Hi Greg,

Stephen is correct that the issue is with extra percent signs in the Write to file step. The way you have it written automate is evaluating %-p44-51ge% as the first variable or function, file_date as text, and %
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If the only variable or function in the action is file_date, then it should be written as he suggests.

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