Adding a date time stamp to a standard out file name in Windows

Document ID : KB000032782
Last Modified Date : 11/05/2018
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Introduction:

A How-to guide on adding a date/timestamp to your std_out and std_err files for Autosys in a Windows environment

Instructions:

 

Question:

How can I include a date/time stamp in my stdout/stderr filename for Autosys in Windows?   

Answer:

This can be done using global variables in your job. The variable must be set prior to running the job, it is not dynamic.
Here is an example:

1) First create a global variable with the following parameters (2 examples):

    a. sendevent -E SET_GLOBAL -G mydate=%DATE:~4,2%.%DATE:~7,2%.%DATE:~10,4%
    b. sendevent -E SET_GLOBAL -G mydate=%DATE:~12,2%%DATE:~4,2%%DATE:~7,2%_%TIME:~0,2%%TIME:~3,2%

2) Next create a job using the global variable:

    Example a:

     insert_job: envj   job_type: CMD

     command: dir

     machine: autosysj

     owner: Administrator@autosysj

     permission:

     date_conditions: 0

     std_out_file: c\:\test.$$mydate.txt

     std_err_file: c\:\test.$$mydate.txt

     alarm_if_fail: 1
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Example b: (Includes the job name in the filename)
  std_out_file: "C:\Users\%AUTO_JOB_NAME%.$$mydate.out" 
  std_err_file: "C:\Users\%AUTO_JOB_NAME%.err" 

Resulting filename:
  Test-Date.180510_1027.out

The next time the job is started, the std-out/std-err will include the date or date-time value depending on how the variable was set. 

C:\>sendevent -E STARTJOB -j envj
 

C:\>dir test*.*

 Volume in drive C has no label.

 Volume Serial Number is 18FB-3B31

 Directory of C:\

05/7/2018  09:22 AM             2,776 test.05.07.2018.txt

Additional Date strings that could be used in a global variable setting:
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  set JOB_W_DATE_YYYYDDMM=%DATE:~10,4%%DATE:~4,2%%DATE:~7,2%
 
    C:\Program Files (x86)\CA\Workload Automation AE>echo %JOB_W_DATE_YYYYDDMM
      20180509

  set JOB_W_DATE_YYYYMMDD=%DATE:~10,4%%DATE:~7,2%%DATE:~4,2% 
     C:\Program Files (x86)\CA\Workload Automation AE>echo %JOB_W_DATE_YYYYMMDD%
      20180905

  set JOB_W_DATE_YYDDMM=%date:~-2%%date:~4,2%%DATE:~7,2% 
     C:\Program Files (x86)\CA\Workload Automation AE>echo %JOB_W_DATE_YYDDMM%
     180509

  set JOB_W_DATE_YYMMDD=%date:~-2%%DATE:~7,2%%date:~4,2% 
    C:\Program Files (x86)\CA\Workload Automation AE>echo %JOB_W_DATE_YYMMDD%
     180905

  set JOB_DATE=%DATE:~10,4%%DATE:~4,2%%DATE:~7,2% 
    C:\Program Files (x86)\CA\Workload Automation AE>echo %JOB_DATE%
    20180510