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AIX 7.1 file conversion and print

We have some software running on AIX 7.1 and it outputs reports as text files to a temp folder. Each time a user requests a report, a new text file appears in the temp folder. We have no access to modify the way the program outputs the report.

We are wondering if there is a way for a script to sense a new file has been created, convert that file to a PDF and then move it to a shared folder for the users to view (they are all running windows workstations on a windows network). We need to copy the original text file to the shared drive as well.

I'm guessing ghostscript will be involved. Scripting is new to me, so I'm unsure how to sense the creation of a file, convert the file to PDF and then move the PDF and copy the text file all in one move.

Thanks for all help and suggestions!
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kbdaemon
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Hi, I'm assuming you have a folder shared on you AIX machine that is accessible for your windows machines.

I would not try to 'sense' if there are new files, I would just create a script that gets triggered by cron, every 5 minutes (or every 1 minute) that moves the temp files to a 'convert' folder. Then convert all files in that 'convert' folder and move everything to the shared folder.

TMP_FOLDER=/path/to/temp
SHARED_FOLDER=/path/to/shared
CNV_FOLDER=/path/to/convert
mv ${TMP_FOLDER}/*.tmp ${CNV_FOLDER}/ 2>/dev/null
# convert command here (using enscript and ghostscript)
mv ${CNV_FOLDER}/* ${SHARED_FOLDER}/

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Put the above in a script, make it executable and create the crontab entry:

* * * * * /home/user/script.sh

or:

0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * /home/user/script.sh
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kbdaemonAuthor Commented:
Well, I was going to ask the folder-sharing question later ;) and just create the folder for now, let files start hitting it since we are still using test data now anyway.

Will have to look up enscript.
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carlmdCommented:
You should be aware that enscript creates a postscript file (suitable for printing), but not a pdf. You still need to convert the postscript file to a pdf.

Take a look at cifs for mounting the windows share on AIX.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Note that I was already suggesting to use enscript + ghostscript to get those PDF files (see code snippet above).
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