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Text File Input to an App Interface

Hi. I am building an app where I want to have the user input a text file, but the issue is it's not delimited, and there are no natural delimiters in the data. Previously I had been manually selecting the file in the input tool and setting the column breaks by hand. Is there a way to have this ability when making the workflow into an app? I am using the file browse tool but it doesn't give any options, it just brings in the un-delimited file which then doesn't work with the rest of the flow. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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@dwmautone wrote:

Previously I had been manually selecting the file in the input tool and setting the column breaks by hand.


Is there any programmatic way this could be done? If so, the user could input the complete path of the text file into a Text Box that updates the path in the Input tool. The tools downstream in the workflow could then execute any necessary parsing. 

Thanks for the suggestion! I am now having the file input as CSV and having tools downstream do the necessary parsing.

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