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Author Topic: Idea: Directory/File Monitor Change Notification  (Read 3927 times)

bscoles

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Idea: Directory/File Monitor Change Notification
« on: March 13, 2007, 11:42:12 AM »
Program to monitor a directory or set of directories and simply notify if a file has changed or files have been added. A button or option to indicate that the change has been noted and to start a fresh monitor.


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Re: Idea: Directory/File Monitor Change Notification
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2007, 03:19:05 PM »
What would you do if a change has been notified? Virus-killers can do this on their own ... or is there any other use for this? How many files/directories must be scanned?

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Re: Idea: Directory/File Monitor Change Notification
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2007, 04:19:22 PM »
Here's a thread here in the forum that probably would solve your problem: Log Monitor - Great Free Tool for Monitoring Files+Dirs and Acting on Changes

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Re: Idea: Directory/File Monitor Change Notification
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2007, 04:25:32 PM »
Crush-
I would be using it to notify others of updated files so that I don't have to go around telling everyone 'check your directory for new files' or relying on them to check for updates. Has nothing to do with viruses or such. I suspect that once past the initial code of the directory structure. That it could easily scale to several directories. If it monitors a directory and it's subdirectories then all I would need is 1. If it didn't do subdirectories then I would need to monitor 6 individual directories.

Back in the 'Old' days when I ran a BBS that received files from a satellite system, I had written a program that did this in order to initiate other actions... zip/unzip, create a message to notify users of file availability & automatically re-distribute files to other BBS's. I was one of the area hubs for fidonet mail & file distribution.  But that was a Dos based environment, I haven't done any windows programming.


jgpaiva-
Thanks, I'll check it out.



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Re: Idea: Directory/File Monitor Change Notification
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2007, 05:57:07 PM »
Just remember that update notifications can be flaky with UNC paths (ie., files on a share on a server). Tend to work great otherwise, though.
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Re: Idea: Directory/File Monitor Change Notification
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2007, 06:49:57 PM »
This program can do all you need (with subdirs): http://www.dirwatcher.com/index.html

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Re: Idea: Directory/File Monitor Change Notification
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2007, 11:38:49 AM »
Back in the 'Old' days when I ran a BBS that received files from a satellite system, I had written a program that did this in order to initiate other actions...

I immediately thought of John Souvestre's SLEEP.  Ah, the good old days...  :(


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Re: Idea: Directory/File Monitor Change Notification
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2007, 12:14:25 PM »
http://www.snapfiles...lity/dirmonitor.html

The author's site is http://www.gibinsoft.net/
They keep a copy of the old freeware version 1.9.5, plus a 19 euro / US$19 set of utilities containing an updated version 2.9:

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GiPo@FileUtilities is a set of utilities for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP that provide many useful services:

    * GiPo@MoveOnBoot - copying/moving/renaming/deleting files and folders on the next system boot.
    * GiPo@DirMonitor - monitoring changes in the file system.
    * GiPo@Mount - local folders substitution and local/remote drives mounting.
    * GiPo@Hardlink - UNIX-like (POSIX) hardlinks for NTFS creation.
    * GiPo@ReadTest - checking files and folders for read errors.

Utilities can be integrated into shell.