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Asiri Chathuranga Gallala Gamage (ASIRICHATHU)
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Posted: March 6, 2018
Last activity: March 8, 2018

Updating a file while RPA has control over it

Hi all,

Have a requirement in a RPA automation, the robot opens a remote excel file laying in the network to pick some values.Another team from the same company should be able to update the excel while robot is processing.The thing I noticed is, If any user uses the same excel opened by the robot, there will be no exceptions. But, if somebody tries to open the excel again in their machine while the robot is in process, the bot will throw an exception. So my approach is to keep two copies of the excel called "working copy(one that the RPA opens)" and "remote copy" and then wait until the robot finishes the process and save as the remote copy to the folder where the working copy is.But then the robot shows a model dialog asking whether to replace the existing file. which the RPA bot cant handle.How should I handle this requirement?

We shouldn't be restarting the bot after modifying the excel.That's the requirement.

Is it possible to import the excel to a data table so that the excel data is in the memory and copy the data in to the memory every time the process starts?But still there will be an error if the user tries to update the excel while automation tries to copy the excel data to the data table.So want to know if somebody has solved a requirement like this.

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