Yes, using a dummy text file would be fine.
Just ensure that the text file arrives after the Excel files are in the right location.
I have a Data Pump process that runs 7 projects. Each of the projects use Excel files as the source input. I read in the documentation that monitoring is not available for database inputs. Can I monitor for a dummy text file and use that to initiate the process? If so, please spell out the steps involved.[/QUOTE]