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Script to send an alert if a file is present in a directory for 10 min


A script which look into a directory and send an alert via a mail. If there is any file exisiting in a directory for more then 10 min.
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I suppose there's a number of ways to do it.

Here's one using a cronjob and touch command:

0,10,20,30,40,50 * * * * /path_to_script/

cd $(dirname $0)

ls -1t | awk '
  $1 == "timestamp" { C++; next }
  C { exit 1 }

if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
  echo "Send message here"

touch timestamp

If your find command has the -cmin and -maxdepth options then:
find /directory_to_check -type f -cmin +10 -maxdepth 1 | grep . > /dev/null

if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
  echo "Send message here"

Otherwise, use the touch method with find's -newer option negated (! -newer timestamp).

Last edited by Scott; 12-29-2009 at 12:07 PM.. Reason: fixed spelling
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please tell me how to use touch and -newer with find as Cmin is not working in my OS
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You're welcome!

cd $(dirname $0)

[ ! -r timestamp ] && touch timestamp && exit

find . -type f ! -newer timestamp | grep . > /dev/null

if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
  echo "Send message here"

touch timestamp

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Thanks Scottn ,

This will not modify or remove or edit anything . As I am working in production
# 6  
It creates an empty file called timestamp. It doesn't modify anything.

I presume something else, somewhere, will remove or update files within 10 minutes, otherwise you'll get an email every 10 minutes!

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