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Introducing Simon 5!

Simon version 5 is now available. It is a massive update, introducing a much-requested feature: syncing the Simon data between multiple Macs, plus a Simon Status service, a Link Checker filter, improved Find filter, iMessage and Speak Error notifiers, a new app icon, and much more.

Important: please note that Simon 5 requires a minimum of macOS 10.12 (Sierra), and is a paid upgrade from Simon 4. Purchasers since September 1, 2020 automatically get a version 5 license (that also works in previous versions).

Read the Simon What's New page for details.

Monitor changes in FTP directories

OK I'm new with Simon (using the demo 3.4)
What I'm trying to do is to monitor any changes in a FTP directory (public_html) and if anything changes then alter me via email or twitter.
Can't make it work, is there a limit in the demo version?

Any help would be great thanks

David Sinclair's picture

Re: Monitor changes in FTP directories


You can use the FTP Directory Listing service to monitor a FTP directory.

Then use a filter to detect changes (the default Changes one would do, or you could use a different one to ignore uninteresting changes).

Then use the Email notifier to get emails.

Currently the Twitter notifier doesn't work, due to changes by Twitter. We're working on a fix.

The trial period doesn't impose any functionality limits.

Re: Monitor changes in FTP directories

Hi David,

Thanks for quick reply.
It's the filters that confuses me. do you mean to set the first dropdown (with none,any,success,unchanged,changed&failure) to changed?
and then the next one to "change" aswell? or am I missing something?

I need to know any change in the ftp directory, an rename of a file, or an uploaded file etc.

thanks :)

David Sinclair's picture

Re: Monitor changes in FTP directories

The first popup menu indicates the condition for running the filter. So I'd recommend setting it to Success — which means to use the filter for any successful status. If you set it to Changed, it'd only run the filter if a previous filter resulted in a change (which will never be true for the first filter, but is useful for combining multiple filters).

Re: Monitor changes in FTP directories

thanks works perfect! now off to learn to read the difference output hehe =)
thanks again this will be a buy

David Sinclair's picture

Re: Monitor changes in FTP directories

Happy to help.