File Mask/Wildcard

Some Session class methods manipulating files accept a file mask/wildcard rather than filename in the path argument. The methods include:

To avoid the methods to interpret the special characters in the path as a mask, use the Session.EscapeFileMask method (RemotePath.EscapeFileMask method in the latest beta version) to escape the special characters. This is particularly important, when you use variable paths.


For example, if your file is named filewithstar*.txt, passing such name directly to Session.GetFiles would download all files with name starting filewithstar and .txt extension, not only filewithstar*.txt. The Session.EscapeFileMask converts the name to unambiguous mask filewithstar[*].txt, that matches only the filewithstar*.txt.

It is an error, when you use path to a file that does not exist with above methods. Though, it is not an error when you use a mask that does not match any file (the directory used with the mask still needs to exist).

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