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Old 02-05-2014, 05:54 PM   #1
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Put 'partition free space' value into file on CIFS share


Hallo,
i have a debian based internet router running on a 16GB CompactFlash Card. It contains a 15GB partition for CIFS that gets accessed by windows systems.

The problem is i don't see (on the windows client side) how much space is left on the share so i thought about creating a file on the share that always includes the free space value by creating a cron job that updates that file every second or so but i guess it would be much better if it only gets updated after actual I/O writes.

Any ideas how to do that in bash?

Additionally, i once stumbled upon some kind of 'mini http server' with curl, wget or something. But i can't remember anymore. Getting the 'free space' by http would be nice as well.

Any ideas about that?

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Old 02-06-2014, 12:21 PM   #2
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Hi there,

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i have a debian based internet router running on a 16GB CompactFlash Card. It contains a 15GB partition for CIFS that gets accessed by windows systems.

The problem is i don't see (on the windows client side) how much space is left on the share
you don't?? Usually Windows Explorer displays the free capacity of a partition in the status line, or in the properties dialog.
However, it does that only if the network share is mapped to a drive letter. But that's a flaw of Windows.

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so i thought about creating a file on the share that always includes the free space value by creating a cron job that updates that file every second or so but i guess it would be much better if it only gets updated after actual I/O writes.
Apart from creating additional CPU load on the small box, that would mean duplicating a feature on application level which is already available on the protocol level.

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Any ideas how to do that in bash?
You get the total/used/available capacity of a mounted file system with 'df'. Probably have to 'grep' or 'awk' a little bit on the output to extract the information you want, or leave the output of 'df' as it is.

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Additionally, i once stumbled upon some kind of 'mini http server' with curl, wget or something. But i can't remember anymore. Getting the 'free space' by http would be nice as well.
You're really going around in circles to re-invent the wheel. Btw, curl and wget are client-side components. I can't imagine how you could get them to act as a server. But there are quite a few light HTTP servers available for Linux.

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Old 02-06-2014, 01:33 PM   #3
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Even though curl and wget can send raw http requests it is ncat i was actually searching for. It can listen on a port and send back the free space value. That's what i meant by simple httpd.

Regarding the 'free space' solution i'm currently looking into a wear-level friendly method. To place a file into ramdisk and use its name as descriptor like '200MB free'. That file should be linked to a file in the CIFS share in a way it also reflects/links the filename so there should be no I/O writes on the CompactFlash card but i'm not sure if ext4 supports that at all (having two files linked in a way that renaming one leads to renaming the 2nd as well).
 
  


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