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Auto-beeminding: Number of files on folder?


#1

I’m too lazy to google this now: any ideas on automatically beeminding the number of files in folder (either on a Linux-powered computer, or Dropbox or Google Drive)
I have bank receipts in need of proper filling…


#2

Using this bmndr CLI tool in conjunction with crontab should work great on Linux. For example if you want it checked every half hour you could have a line in your crontab file like

*/30 * * * * /path/to/bmndr the-goal `ls /path/to/the/folder | wc -l`

(Note it’s important to use the full path to bmndr and to the folder you want to count, since crontab jobs typically run as a different user and won’t have the same $PATH as you.)

If you’ve never used crontab before, all you have to do is create a file with a line like the above (I keep mine in a file named .crontab in my home directory) and then install it with the command crontab your-crontab-file, e.g. I would type crontab ~/.crontab .

I just tried this out to be sure and it worked great for me. Happy to help debug if you try it and run into issues.


#3

Many thanks! No excuses left now… :smiley:


#4

I should do this with my desktop and downloads folder!