CA PPM: How to move files with GEL

Blog Post created by Aurora_Gaimon Employee on May 11, 2017

I believe this is another typical question any developer may face when writing GEL script. How do I move files from one location to another?


There are two ways to achieve it:

  • Copy file in new location and delete old one.
  • Use renameTo function of the java.IO.File class.


Let's see in more details those options.



Option A: Copy file in new location and delete old one


Please, review related post on how to copy and delete a file:

CA PPM: How to copy files with GEL 

CA PPM: How to delete files with GEL 



Option B: Use renameTo function of the java.IO.File class


For demo purposing, we will move one file testDemo.txt from Fodler1 to Folder2:


  • Folders structure:


File is located under Folder1:


Folder2 is empty:



  • Execute the following GEL script:
<gel:script  xmlns:core="jelly:core"  

     <core:set var="oldFile" value="c:\Folder1\testDemo.txt"/> 
     <core:set var="newFile" value="c:\Folder2\testDemo.txt"/>

     <core:new className="" var="v_oldFile">
          <core:arg type="java.lang.String" value="${oldFile}"/>
     <core:new className="" var="v_newFile">
          <core:arg type="java.lang.String" value="${newFile}"/>

     <core:invoke method="renameTo" on="${v_oldFile}" var="fileMoved">
          <core:arg type="" value="${v_newFile}"/>







  • Verify file is moved properly. Folder1  is now empty and  Folder2 contains the file:



** Note: You can also rename file to something else, but for this demo I just used the same file name to show it can be moved.



When to use option A or B?

From my point of view,  it does not matter if the created date time stamp of the file is not important. Otherwise, bear in mind:


Option A: Copy and Delete - It will create a new time stamp created date.


Option B: RenameTo - It will keep the original created date time stamp as per my demo screenshots.

  • File created: 5/11/2017 at 4:24PM
  • File moved via process: 5/11/2017 at 4:34PM
  • File moved still has 5/11/2017 at  4:24PM as created date.





Related links:

Rename file using GEL script? 




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