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Hi all,

I need to write a script which shall do the following:

a) Watch folders for new files

:) compare creation date/time of the files with the current date/time

c) if the difference is > 5 minutes than popup a msgbox and play a sound and wait for user action

- it would be greate if the script can watch multiple folders

- all variables should be set able eg. path, polling interval, difference

- GUI interface would be nice

Why this script:

Files are created in a Temp folder and will be move over the network.

For some reason, sometimes the move job failed and the files remain in the Temp folder.

So I need a Sript that watch the folder and give me an alarm.

Hopefully somebody can help me out!

Thank you in advance

Kind Regards

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Look at FileGetTime() in the help file

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Hello! Example, watching files every 1 minute:

#include <GuiConstants.au3>
#include <GuiListView.au3>
#include <File.au3>
#include <Date.au3>

Global $SelectFolder, $Timer = 60000, $Hour, $Mins, $Secs

$hGui = GUICreate("Files watcher", 420, 300)

$MainMenu = GUICtrlCreateMenu("&File")
$FolderItem = GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("Select folder", $MainMenu)
GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("", $MainMenu)
$ExitItem = GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("Exit", $MainMenu)

$hListView = _GuiCTrlListView_Create($hGui, "Files|Creation date", 10, 30, 400, 210, $LVS_REPORT, $WS_EX_CLIENTEDGE)

_GUICtrlListView_SetColumnWidth($hListView, 0, 280)
_GUICtrlListView_SetColumnWidth($hListView, 1, 115)

$StartButton = GUICtrlCreateButton("Start watching", 10, 250, 85, 25)

$DelButton = GUICtrlCreateButton("Delete selected", 170, 250, 85, 25)

$StopButton = GUICtrlCreateButton("Stop watching", 326, 250, 85, 25)

$InfoLabel = GUICtrlCreateLabel("Watching folder: None", 10, 10, 400, 17)
GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 8.5, 800)

$TimerLabel = GUICtrlCreateLabel("00:00:00", 365, 10, 50, 16)


While 1
    $msg = GUIGetMsg()
    Switch $msg
    Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE, $ExitItem
    Case $FolderItem
        $SelectFolder = FileSelectFolder("Select folder", "")
        If Not @error Then
            GUICtrlSetData($InfoLabel, "Watching folder: " & FileGetShortName($SelectFolder))
    Case $StartButton
        If StringRegExp(GUICtrlRead($InfoLabel), ": None$", 0) Then
            MsgBox(16, "Error", "Please select folder")
            GUICtrlSetState($StartButton, $GUI_DISABLE)
            AdlibEnable("_CheckFiles", 1000)
    Case $DelButton
    Case $StopButton
        GUICtrlSetState($StartButton, $GUI_ENABLE)
        GUICtrlSetData($TimerLabel, "00:00:00")

Func _CheckFiles()
    If $Timer <= 0 Then
        $Timer = 60000
    $Timer -= 1000
    _TicksToTime(Int($Timer), $Hour, $Mins, $Secs)
    GUICtrlSetData($TimerLabel, StringFormat("%02i:%02i:%02i", $Hour, $Mins, $Secs))

Func _AddFiles($sPath)
    Local $aFolders, $iFullName, $sRet, $iIndex
    $aFolders = _FileListToArray($sPath, "*.*")
    If @error Then Return
    For $i = 1 To $aFolders[0]
        $iFullName = $sPath &"\"& $aFolders[$i]
        If StringInStr(FileGetAttrib($iFullName), "D") Then
            $sRet = _AddFiles($iFullName)
            If (_GUICtrlListView_FindText($hListView, $iFullName, -1, False) = -1) _ 
                And (FileGetTime($iFullName, 1, 1) > _NowCalc()) Then
                $iIndex = _GUICtrlListView_AddItem($hListView, $sPath &"\"& $aFolders[$i])
                SoundPlay(@WindowsDir & "\Media\ding.wav")
                Local $aTime = FileGetTime($iFullName, 1)
                _GUICtrlListView_AddSubItem($hListView, $iIndex, StringFormat("%02i.%02i.%04i %02i:%02i:%02i", $aTime[2], $aTime[1], $aTime[0], $aTime[3], $aTime[4], $aTime[5]), 1)

Func _DelItem()
    Local $iItemCount
    $iItemCount = _GUICtrlListView_GetItemCount($hListView)
    If $iItemCount = 0 Then Return
    For $i = $iItemCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
        If _GUICtrlListView_GetItemChecked($hListView, $i) Then
            FileDelete(_GUICtrlListView_GetItemText($hListView, $i))
            _GUICtrlListView_DeleteItem($hListView, $i)

If this helped and interesting for you, then inform me about details. :)

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You are greate! The script is cool.

Is it possible to watch multiple folders?

A good idea beside playing a sound is to popup a warning message e.g. Warning! File exist more than 3 minutes in $SelectFolder.

For getting the existing time of the file, I think that you have to compare the creation time to the current time.

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It would actually be a great idea to try and write the script yourself too you know? Comming here and expecting someone to write the script for you is... insane..

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