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3392345 - Error when generating an outbound file - File Format XYZ is not consistent


You have created a new payment structure and when generating the outbound file, an error message appears: 'File format <payment structure ID> is not consistent'


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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to Liquidity Management Work Center > Outbound files view
  2. Select the File ID: XXX (where XXX is the Outbound File ID) and open it
  3. The Status is Error in File Creation
  4. Click View All
  5. Go to Attachment sub-tab
  6. You notice the file has 0 bytes
  7. Click Display log
  8. Message error:
    File format APAY XYZ (where XYZ is the Payment File Structure ID) is not consistent 


In the Business Configuration Work Center under Payment File Structures(Activity: Outgoing Bank Transfers), there is an incorrect constant maintained.


  1. Go to Business Configuration Work Center > Outgoing Bank Transfers activity
  2. Click Edit payment file structures
  3. Select the File Structure ID and click Edit
  4. Go to step 3 - Define Fields
  5. Review the Constant values maintained for the Fields under Field Conditions.
    If the constant value is a nonnumeric string, you must enclose the text in single quotes. For example, 'DE' 

See Also

KBA 3260275 - Error When Generating Outbound File -File format is not consistent 

KBA 2890205 - The Outbound File Has Zero Kilobytes And You Get an Error 'File Format XYZ is Not Consistent'


Payment file structure, Payment File empty, zero kilobytes, zero, Business Configuration Payment File Structure, File Format is Not Consistent, Outbound File. Outgoing Bank Transfer.  , KBA , SRD-FIN-MOP , Payment Management , How To


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