I have a windows XP machine, and on this i'm running a weather station. The software updates several files in a folder.
This folder is mounted via samba on the webserver(debian)

I wan't to monitor the mounted folder, and when it detects any change, it copies this file to another location on the webserver. some of the files changes every few seconds.

Hope i described the problem clear enough.

Rgrds Bengt

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You can make some shell scripts for doing that, but maybe the easiest way is managing to get a rsync process syncing the folders. Can rsync have some problems with NTFS, but the shell scripting solution remains.

  • Got any leads on how to make this script. I'm not a linux expert. Dabble abit in programming. But that is limited:) Jul 2, 2013 at 10:12
  • It would be done from the Debian host. To monitor the mounted folder, you can use something like until false; do rsync <args>; sleep <time>; done. If rsync does not make it, you can combine Bash if and while sentences with the find command and emulate the syncing. But then take into account that before processing a document you have to be sure that it has already been completely processed by every other process that is meant to process it. For instance you should not start reading a document until the process which is creating it ends.
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    Jul 2, 2013 at 10:26

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