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Old 10-30-2003, 08:28 AM   #1
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What to use for alerts?!

Hi All-

Here is the situation. I have a linux SSH server to which several companies send files to. I want to know when the files are there. Is there some way that I can set the server to monitor that folder and let me know when things are put there? I am also running a linux desktop if that helps any. Any suggestions??

Old 10-30-2003, 11:49 AM   #2
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I don't believe that sshd has an option like that, but
I came up with couple possible solutions.

1) Use dnotify to email you or IM you or do whatever when the directory
contents changes

2) write a shell script to do it. Open an xterm or whatever and watch the script (man 1 watch for more info)

I just sort of kicked this out, it just says new files found
when there is a change in the current directory. You would
probably need to hack it a little to suit your needs

ls -t > ~/newfiles
if [ -e ~/oldfiles ]; then
	diff --brief ~/oldfiles ~/newfiles
	if [ $? -eq 1 ]; then
		echo "New files found or old files nodified."

	mv ~/newfiles ~/oldfiles

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