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how do I get the flow to recognise a subfolder of a list name

So I have a flow built, unfortunately it doesn't work because it will not recognise the subfolder.

 

So top folder is called Incoming.

 

Sub folder is called BIM

 

my flow searches for particular text in a file that is uploaded to BIM and then updates the received from column with a value that is based on the parameter I set.

 

The issue lies with the fact that I cannot input the subfolder in the LIST NAME field box, because it will only recognise Incoming folder

 

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Does anyone know how to put the sub folder BIM in the flow to update?

 

Wayne

 

 

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Hi again

I would assign the following WDL expression as the input for 'Update item' 'Received from'

if(contains(triggerBody()?['{Name}'],'KSS'),'KSS','')

Please note it is a WDL expression, you need to follow these steps to add it:

https://flow.microsoft.com/es-es/blog/use-expressions-in-actions/

 

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Hi!

Let me see I understood your challenge. So you have a Sharepoint library, you aded a custom column called 'REceived from'.

Now, everytime a new file is created, you need to update the new file 'custom column' content with the subfolder name, right?

 

Which trigger are you using? 'When a file is created -properties only-' or 'When a file is created in a folder'?

I think in the first case there is a standard output called 'Folder path' and in he second case another standard output called 'File Path' so you can extract the subfolder by means of expressions... split() and the '/' separator will probably do the magic you need

You can find both of them on the dynamic content menu

Please let us know whcih trigger you are using for additional help

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Hi,

 

I am not using a trigger as such.

 

My initial top level trigger is when a file is created. so when something is uploaded to the BIM subfolder, it will trigger everything.

There are conditions built in to progress or terminate.

 

The condition is finding -KSS- in the file name to proceed to update the custom column.

 

This works only in the top level folder, but since BIM is a subfolder, it won't work since it doesn't like the 03_Incoming/BIM file path I enter into the name list box, it will only like 03_Incoming.

 

Wayne

Hi again!

Can you share a screenshot from your flow design?

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hi,

 

flow1.JPGflow2.JPG

Hi!

Please note If you need to execute the flow only when a file is uploaded in a specific subfolder inside your SP library, you can select this subfolder in your current trigger, 'Folder' input.

Since you left black this input, the flow is being executed whenever a file is created in your library, no matter the subfolder

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Hi,

 

I deliberately left it blank because the flow would cancel as I dropped a test file into the top folder; Incoming.

 

I did have it in there, but when the flow ran, it would fail on updating the received column, because I cannot specify the BIM folder in the update item part of the flow.

 

Wayne

Hi again!

So we forget about Option#1

Option#2: Since you are using 'When a file is created -properties only-' as trigger... did you consider using its standard output called 'Folder path'? You can use a WDL based expression to manipulate it and get the subfolder

If you want us to help you explore this second option, a very simple way to proceed is by adding a dummy 'Compose' action block just after the trigger, then assign 'Folder path' from the dynamic content menu as its input. NExt, reexecute flow by creating a file into the desired subfolder, inspect Compose outputs and share its content

 

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Happy Mondy,

 

Thank you for your help, please tell me if I am on the right path here (image below). I have put the folder path in the folder name part of the trigger.

 

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Hi again!

I believe if you fill 'Folder path' in your trigger input, the flow will only be executed when the file is created in that folder.

Now, what do you need to store in the new SP item 'Title' column in such case? 'BIM'?

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Hi,

 

Yes the trigger will execute when I drop a file into the BIM folder, but that is the problem I have been having.

 

It will trigger, but the received from column will not update in the BIM folder, because the Folder name in the update section of the flow will terminate because it won't find the subfolder called BIM.

 

Wayne

Hi again

Now I understand better. You do not need to fill 'Title' column but 'REceived from'

Now, what do you need to store in the new SP item 'REceived from' column in such case? Do you need to store the string 'BIM'? If not, please add a dummy 'Compose' action block, assign as its input 'File Path' from the trigger, reexecute the flow, share 'Compose' output content and detail which part of the 'File path' you need to be assigned to 'REceived from'

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Capture.JPG

 

if the file name of the document has KSS in it, then my flow is suppose to find it and the condition is based on that parameter is to update Received from column with KSS in that column.

 

Wayne

Hi again!

Sorry for the misunderstandings! I think finally we are very close to a happy ending!

I would assign the following expression as the input for 'REceived from'

if(contains(triggerBody()?['{Name}'],'KSS'),'KSS','')

 

So, if FileName contains pattern 'KSS', this same pattern is added to 'REceived from'.

If FileNAme does not contain patterns 'KSS', and empty value is assigned to 'Received from'

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hi,

 

Where do I put the text string?

 

Wayne

Hi again

I would assign the following WDL expression as the input for 'Update item' 'Received from'

if(contains(triggerBody()?['{Name}'],'KSS'),'KSS','')

Please note it is a WDL expression, you need to follow these steps to add it:

https://flow.microsoft.com/es-es/blog/use-expressions-in-actions/

 

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omg, that worked. 

 

Thank  you so much for your help. I pasted it into the box rather than do it as an expression.

 

Wayne

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