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10. Unconventional Feeds > 10.7. Last-Modified Files

Last-Modified Files

There are lots of reasons to have an ever-updating list of recently modified files: security, for one. However, it’s also a useful system for helping you group working files in your mind. I’m forever loosing track of files I’m working on—especially overnight—and this feed helps a great deal. For collaborative working, it’s a godsend because you can see what other activity is going on automatically. I also have one of these pointed at a shared directory where friends drop music and silly MPEGs. Altogether, for something so simple, it’s remarkably useful.

It’s a CGI script that takes a single parameter path, which should be equal to the absolute path on your filesystem that you wish to look under—for example, http://www.example.org/lastmodified.cgi?path=/users/ben.


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