We have a Linux computer serving SMB shares to our win2k/XP/98 workstations. It works great.
We use MS Word and OL Express for email and client correspondence. It makes a lot of sense for us to keep the word documents filed in a folder system that has directories for each client and project folders under the client folders. This way if a client calls we can find their proposal or contract. This works great but what if they don't call. It seems to me that with all the tools available on the Linux side we could "invent" a way to let the “Open” proposal folder be copied or linked to an Open Proposal folder. This way we could always find the original under the client name but also go to the open folder to see only the open projects.
We have thought of hard and sim links, perl/cron job triggered off of a code word in the folder or file name or robots type trigger file. Nothing that screams elegant has been thought of.
The ideal scenario would be if we created a folder \\samba1\clients\smith-Co\Project1 and for some reason we could view this folder also in \\samba1\clients\Open Projects\smith-Co\Project1 with the same contents.
Any change, to any file, in either Project1 folder would be replicated to the other Project1 folder. When the project is completed we could remove Project1 from Open Projects and if was the last open project for smith-Co the smith-Co folder in Open Projects would disappear also. The folder \\samba1\clients\smith-Co\Project1 would still be kept of course. It is easy to drag a email from OLE to a folder, it creates an eml file which would be “replicated” the same way if appropriate.
How do I make this happen? I have a talented Linux guy working for me. We can write code. I would like to make this a simple solution and not turn it into a big project.