[Okta Webinar] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now

x
  • Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 310
  • Last Modified:

Need program to watch folders for files

I need a program to do the following:

Watch 2 layers of folders for any files in any of the folders for over 5 minutes between the hours of 6am-8pm.

Email me when a file has been in a folder for over 5 minutes.

Watch for any type of file in these folders

A program will be putting files into these folders and another program picking them up. I need to know when the pickup program isnt working correctly.

Thanks

0
tammieR
Asked:
tammieR
  • 6
  • 3
4 Solutions
 
bk_jreinsteinCommented:
You can write a shell script to do this for you. I'll outline the basic concepts here. Tell me if it suits your needs. Writing the whole script is a challenge, no doubt.

What you can basically do is to put in a loop that runs n number of times at regular intervals after a wait or pause statement. In that loop, you need to initiate an elaborate directory listing of the directory(ies) you want to monitor and compare it against a previously created log of the directory listing. If there is a mismatch, you can use telnet to connect to an smtp server you know and send you mail informing you about the mismatch. To run this shell script at a specified time, you'll need to use a special program like Task Manager or similar.
0
 
JoeCommented:
You can also try this free software

http://www.pcsoftland.com/utilities/antivirus/Monidir-2000.htm

Monidir 2000 is a freeware tool that will monitor up to

20 different folders. Files that are deleted, changed

or added to the folders are reported via e-mail or via

an audible and visible alarm.

The program runs in the system tray and will scan your

folders in user defined intervals. When a change

occurs the filenames are gathered and sent via

e-mail to one or more recipients.

Monidir 2000 works on Windows 95,98,ME,NT and 2000.

It requires a minimum of memory and can monitor folders

over a network.

Joe
0
 
tammieRAuthor Commented:
bk, the script could potentially work but there is no way I could set that up with my lack of scripting knowledge.

Joe, I just installed and tried that software, it seems it does the opposite of what I need.  I can only figure out how to set up notifications for changes, deletes and mods of files, not watching for a file in there too long.

Thanks
0
Concerto Cloud for Software Providers & ISVs

Can Concerto Cloud Services help you focus on evolving your application offerings, while delivering the best cloud experience to your customers? From DevOps to revenue models and customer support, the answer is yes!

Learn how Concerto can help you.

 
bk_jreinsteinCommented:
There might be no program that does exactly what you want.

Maybe this?

http://kevin.gearhart.com/filewatch/download.htm
0
 
bk_jreinsteinCommented:
0
 
tammieRAuthor Commented:
I just want to update that I am still looking into the above options.
0
 
bk_jreinsteinCommented:
okay please tell us your results.
:)
0
 
tammieRAuthor Commented:
The programs wouldnt do what I needed them to do without changes to the program. We finally got what we need using cold fusion.

Not sure what to do with the points?
0
 
bk_jreinsteinCommented:
I dunno, go by which one of us helped you the most and give points.
0
 
bk_jreinsteinCommented:
If JoeZ430's program was a little helpful give him 25 or more points.
0

Featured Post

Concerto Cloud for Software Providers & ISVs

Can Concerto Cloud Services help you focus on evolving your application offerings, while delivering the best cloud experience to your customers? From DevOps to revenue models and customer support, the answer is yes!

Learn how Concerto can help you.

  • 6
  • 3
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now