Is there a way to maintain a watch on a folder to enable automatic file type conversion? I have a program that dumps DXF files - I batch convert all files to both shapefile and mapinfo format.

It would be great to automate it further so that it automatically undertakes the conversions.

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    You might get a better response on StackOverflow. You also need to specify what operating system you are running on. This is more of an Op System related question, requiring a cron task to poll the folder. Oct 21, 2014 at 2:46
  • I agree with @MarkC. The solution to this will be the same as if you just did a system copy rather than an ogr2ogr so I think you will be better deleting your question here and researching/asking it at Stack Overflow instead.
    – PolyGeo
    Oct 21, 2014 at 5:31

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You can try out

  • a dedicated tool called Batyr for this purpose (more PostGis oriented than GDAL)
  • generic tools like ETL with spatial abilities (Talend with Spatial Extension, GeoKettle,...) that can watch your folder
  • Inotify based tools (On Unix based OS)
  • a command line tool like Watchdog

I will not go further as @mark-c mentioned, it's more a system question than GIS related.

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