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As a side issue regarding file names, there is one essential rule that I've found to be very important with systems that generate reports:

All timestamps in the filename must be the date for which the report was run, and not the time of creation of the report.

Following this rule makes it easy and convenient for your consuming program to pick up processing the data whenever a system delivers its file "later" than expected, and keeps yourself sane whenever a system misses the 0:01am deadline...


In reply to Re: Thoughts on designing a file format. by Corion
in thread Thoughts on designing a file format. by demerphq

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