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Author Topic: IDEA: List files Added or Removed and changes to plain txt files in given time  (Read 4411 times)

siddhu.iam

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It would be good to create a software that would keep a list of new files added or old files deleted and changes made to plain text files - over a user specified time and in a set of user specified directories. Providing start and stop buttons for creating the log would also be useful. I think it is possible with some command lines, but they are very confusing and hard to remember. Even if there are some tiny apps, I think they don't list the changes to plain text files in the given directory.

rsatrioadi

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It can be done with version control system, especially with decentralized ones (e.g. Git or Mercurial), probably plus a script to do commits whenever a change (file created/deleted/edited) is made.

siddhu.iam

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So can I hope someone can soon make an easy to use software for that??????

tomos

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So can I hope someone can soon make an easy to use software for that??????

My ideal backup/versioning programme would do what you want - easily.
But I think it doesnt exist (not in the "easily" form anyways).

FWIW I'm currently using FileHamster, but that doesnt do exactly what you want either.
Tom

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If my assumption that you are using Windows is true, then I'm sorry that I cannot help you now. I'm 400 miles away from my Windows machine, and I won't be there probably for another month.  :redface:

It' still a good idea, though, and I do hope someone can make this happen.  :D

kyrathaba

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@OP: Does it need to be completely portable, or can it leverage .NET runtime?

siddhu.iam

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I wouldnt mind even if it requires .net framework, I'd just like it to do the job

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I thought it might be worth giving more info about this - in case you dont get anything better:

FWIW I'm currently using FileHamster, but that doesnt do exactly what you want either.

FileHamster ('Advanced' version) will backup any changes made to files within a watched folder, with the ability to comment on the backup.
You can then generate a report for export to text file, or 'to spreadsheet' (which opens automatically in my default programme).
The report will list:

  • all backups made (or made within a period of time)
  • date/time
  • filesize
  • comments

Obviously new files will be included, but it doesnt mark them as new.
You can see within FileHamster if a file has been deleted - but not that easily and info not included in the report.

More info about using FH in a thread I started here Using FileHamster to keep track of status of a job. It's an app that could be developed hugely but they dont seem interested in new ideas - it's more or less just kept at maintenance level.
Tom

siddhu.iam

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atleast please try to code this request:
http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=32770.0

Ath

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atleast please try to code this request:
http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=32770.0
What do these requests have in common? :huh: (besides both being requested by you)

siddhu.iam

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of course they dont have anything in common. Its just that I want you to take a look at it too.

kyrathaba

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Siddhu, are you still around? If so, are you still interested in this coding snack request? I can do this: by writing the program in C#, and using FileSystemWatcher. However, from the way you've described what you want, all you end up with is a text file listing the changes that occurred. A version control system gives you that, plus so much more, in that you can obtain/recover the state of your directory-tree from any given point in its history of changes. Have you researched version control? Or, perhaps a document management system, if your directories are mainly going to hold docs/pdfs/etc.

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The other possibility, other than .NET, is to use WMI