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Suppress empty files on Output Tool

The Output tool currently creates a zero-row file if you filter all the rows out (an empty file)

 

However - there's a very common need to say "don't generate a file at all if there are zero rows" - for example if you are generating a "Daily Details" file and there are no daily details today, you want to suppress this file.   This frequently trips up newer users since the only way to suppress a zero-row output file today is to it with macros.

 

Could you add a flag to the output tool to "Suppress empty files" so that if there are no rows to be written, Alteryx does NOT create an empty file?   This way the user can be in control of what to do with empty record sets?

 
3 Comments
mbarone
14 - Magnetar
14 - Magnetar

Love this idea.

Hollingsworth
11 - Bolide
11 - Bolide

I would very much like this feature.

KylieF
Alteryx Community Team
Alteryx Community Team

Thank you for your idea and feedback!

 

This is a interesting idea and I'm sure our product team would be interested in seeing how many users would like to see this feature in the product. Be sure to share this idea around as it helps our product team gauge interest as best we can.