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Top Forums Shell Programming and Scripting Script to Exclude Files That Still On Transfer.. Post 302970468 by aimy on Wednesday 6th of April 2016 10:26:04 PM
Old 04-06-2016
Originally Posted by Chubler_XL
You could use perl to fetch the file's modification time and compare it to the current time like this:

FILETIME=$(perl -e 'printf "%d",((stat(shift))[9])' "$PROC_FILE")
NOW=$(date +%s)

if ((NOW - FILETIME > 15*60))
   #file is older than 15min - so process

Edit: Not sure if perl will be in your PATH try /usr/contrib/perl if it's not found.
Thanks so much.

It works as expected! Really appreciate. Smilie


---------- Post updated at 10:26 AM ---------- Previous update was at 10:25 AM ----------

Originally Posted by hicksd8
Yes, you could use 'mtime' to exclude these files but there are many ways of doing this and I'm sure you'll get a number of ideas posted here.

Having done this kind of thing countless times my preferred method is to create a timestamp file at the end of each run:

date > timestamp

so that the inode of that file holds the timestamp when the last run ended.

Then on the following run I do:

find . ! -newer timestamp ...............

to select all files NOT newer than that timestamp.

If for example this is a cron job running every 15 minutes, using this method ensures that if a run is missed for some reason (eg, system down), the next run but one will pick up the backlog.

This method can create a 'moving window' behind the 15 minute allowance for incoming transfers to complete without the chance of selecting a file still being written to.

You then overwrite the timestamp file at the end of each successful run ready for next time.

(Of course, you may need a mechanism to prevent the selected list just getting longer and longer on each run by perhaps moving the files transferred elsewhere or deleting the files successfully transferred, but that wasn't what you asked.)

That's my suggestion but without doubt others will do it differently.

Hope that helps. Perhaps it doesn't.
Thanks for your input as well.. Smilie
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