Monitor files in a specific directory in C Programming Language in UNIX

Posted on 2009-05-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-26

Is there a way we can monitor files in a specific directory in UNIX using C Programming Language?

What I want is, when a file (file1.txt) in a directory (example A directory) is moved to different directory (B directory) my C program will log it in a file. The program will add a line on a log file like:
"file1.txt is moved to B directory" ...

Is this possible in C? How? Or do you have any other recommendations?

Thanks a lot.

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Take a look at the inotify API

"The inotify API provides a mechanism for monitoring file system events.
Inotify can be used to monitor individual files, or to monitor directo-
ries.   When  a  directory is monitored, inotify will return events for
the directory itself, and for files inside the directory."

NB. The inotify API replaces the older dnotify.

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Thanks so much evilrix... I'll get back to you soon as I figured this out...

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Thanks evilrix.. I have it working right now... SOrry for the Grade.. It should be A.. I don't know how to change.. anyway, thanks again...
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>> Thanks evilrix..
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Many thanks indeed.

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