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(wil) Re: Watching a driectory for change

by wil (Priest)
on Jun 13, 2002 at 12:50 UTC ( #174170=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Watching a driectory for change

How are you doing this at the moment? A code sample would help. Are you checking the directory manually to see if anything has changed? Or are you using a sript to poll the directory and compare it's contents with a cached list?

It would also help to know how files are being 'put' in that directory? Do they get put in there by users, or are they auto-generated by scripts? If they're generated then maybe a quick hack to the generator-script could issue you with a notification.

There is one module that I know of, available at CPAN, that might be of use to you here. Look into the Win32::ChangeNotify module which allows you to monitor events relating to files and directory trees.

Try running it with the FILE_NAME flag set to only monitor creating/deleting/renaming of files in a given directory.

Hope this helps

- wil
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