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How can I create a SSH Script sensor that check if a file is older than X hours?



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Hi Community,

i'd like to create a ssh Script that allow me to check if one File on a Unix System is older than 2 hours. The interpretation of the age can used by the Time-/Datestamp in the Filesystem.

Example-File: /var/log/debug/sendMails.log

Can anyone help me please?

file-age ssh-advanced-custom-script ssh-script-advanced-sensor

Created on Aug 22, 2017 2:53:10 PM by  Maria Ahola (0) 1

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Hello Maria,

you can use the "find" command for this. Dependent of your "find" version you may have the options -cmin or -amin. The difference between "cmin" and "amin" are changed time and accessed time. This depends on your usecase.

As an easy use case for your problem would be a command like this: 'find /var/log/debug/sendMails.log -cmin 120'

The result will be empty if the file /var/log/debug/sendMails.log didn't change up until 120 min ago.

I hope this helps,


Created on Sep 28, 2017 4:45:16 PM by  Eugen Wilhelm [Paessler Support]

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