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Author Topic: Looking for a folder monitor app...  (Read 1866 times)

sd_smoker

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Looking for a folder monitor app...
« on: November 07, 2010, 09:58:32 AM »
Does anyone know of a program that can monitor one or more folders and execute a program from the command line when certain events occur? The closest thing I've found is a program called Watch-4-Folder, but there's no way to pass the file to the command as a parameter which is something I need. Surely something like this exists (for free). Does anyone know of such a thing?

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Re: Looking for a folder monitor app...
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2010, 10:06:06 AM »
What types of certain events are you referring to?

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Re: Looking for a folder monitor app...
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2010, 10:32:25 AM »
The following lists things I've heard of, but not tried.

Mouser has promised a utility of this type: NANY 2011 Pledge: Reliable File Watcher Batcher Robot

Other possibilities:

Log Monitor, which has been mentioned on DC several times, e.g.
Re: Backup My TXT Files Everytime I Save - AKA incremental saves / wiki(-like)
Free, abandoned.

Always Watching
Payware - can't immediately see a free version.

You can find quite a few other utilities that are primarily slanted towards system files (presumably for monitoring installs).

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Re: Looking for a folder monitor app...
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2010, 10:42:00 AM »
http://leelusoft.blo...tch-4-folder-22.html

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It can monitor 15 different types of events and execute different actions in case of an event.

I don't know what those actions are that can be executed.

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Re: Looking for a folder monitor app...
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010, 11:44:17 AM »
Watch 4 Folder looks nice.

There is also Belvedere from Lifehacker/Adam Pash: http://lifehacker.co...our-self+cleaning-pc

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Re: Looking for a folder monitor app...
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2010, 12:47:52 PM »
What types of certain events are you referring to?

File creation and file modification mainly.

Thanks for the recommendation guys. I'll check them out...
« Last Edit: November 07, 2010, 01:00:20 PM by sd_smoker »

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Re: Looking for a folder monitor app...
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2010, 04:50:12 PM »
Log Monitor, which has been mentioned on DC several times, e.g.
Re: Backup My TXT Files Everytime I Save - AKA incremental saves / wiki(-like)
Free, abandoned.

I think this is the only one so far that does exactly what I want (run command line programs on event trigger). Thanks!

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Re: Looking for a folder monitor app...
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2010, 05:24:26 PM »
FileNotify - as mentioned here.

FileNotify2 is even more powerful but no support - author changed it to freeware.
« Last Edit: November 07, 2010, 05:26:33 PM by 4wd »