Patterns are the named regular expressions or system patterns that describe a commonly known data object, such as the pattern for credit card numbers. You must map the pattern of each column in your data source file to corresponding fields in Symantec Messaging Gateway.
Table: Field types describes the field types that you can use to map your data source file.
Table: Field types
Symantec Messaging Gateway matches data in each column of your data source file with a system pattern. A set of regular expressions defines a system pattern. Data in your data source file must conform to one of the regular expressions for a data file to be successfully uploaded and indexed.
If data in your data source file does not fall into one of the system pattern categories, you can create a customized field. Symantec Messaging Gateway only recognizes a customized field as a WORD pattern. Customized fields are not indexed nor are they validated.
Symantec recommends that you make the customized field names similar to the field names in your data source file. For example, if the first field in your data source file is first_name, then you could name the corresponding field in Symantec Messaging Gateway first_name. Custom field names cannot be the same as any of the predefined list of field names. Nor can they be the same as any other custom field name in the record.