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watchDirectory - Glossary


  .bat file
A plain text file with a .bat or .cmd extension that has a sequence of operating system commands.
  file system event
When something happens inside the directory that is monitored by watchDirectory. watchDirectory can detect:
  • New files
  • Changed files
  • Deleted files
  • Renamed files
  • New directories (folders)
  • Deleted directories
  • Renamed directories
Furthermore, watchDirectory can also detect when nothing is happening inside the monitored directory.
  Mail Directories
The email components of watchDirectory all use the mail directories to store messages. The main mail directory is a folder called System.Mail directly below your Task Directory. Below the System.Mail directory you will find the following directories:
Fail - This folder contains email messages that could not be sent.
Out - This folder contains the messages that are scheduled to be sent.
Sent - This folder contains the messages that have been sent.
  plugin
A program file (actually, a .DLL) that extends the functionality of watchDirectory. Plugins are used to "react" on file system events. An example would be a plugin that copies files. An overview of available plugins is here.
  Task Directory
This is the main directory where watchDirectory stores all your settings. When you first start the watchDirectory Control Center, it will ask you for the location of this folder. Normally it will be
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\watchDirectory
.
  UNC name
UNC is short for Universal Naming Convention. Instead of using a drive-letter to name a directory or file, you use the server name and share.
So, P:\Public\MyDir becomes, for example, \\SuperServer\PubShare\Public\MyDir.
Using UNC names is especially important when you run a task as a Windows Service: drive-letters for network drives are normally not available.