||06-17-2010 02:02 PM
Scheduled copy based on filename
Since I'm not building a specific piece of software but a shell script, I hope this is in the right forum.
At work, we use RHEL for the basic system but have Windows clients attached as well. On the Win side, there's a program that I'm trying to duplicate on the Linux side. Because of established procedures, I can't change the way files are named so please don't suggest I do that (my boss would not be happy). We have files stored on an NFS share we manipulate on either side.
The program is used to copy files from one directory to another, based on the filenames. The first two characters of the filename are ignored (they're for human-readable sorting purposes only), the next four characters are the time, and then all characters after that are ignored. The time is read and the file gets copied at that time. (This was all done in VC++ many years ago, and nobody knows where the source code is.) For example, a file named 2d0730abcd.txt would be copied from the source directory to the destination directory at 7:30am.
It seems to me that it should be fairly straightforward to build a shell script on the Linux side to do the same thing, but darned if I can figure out which magical combination of commands to use. Would the shell script end up creating a giant pile of AT commands? HELP!