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There is a fundamental difference between both concepts:

  • File Watching is about watching for incoming files from a directory.
    • The JS7 will create a file order for each incoming file.
    • File Watching is performed by JS7 Agents per directory, for details see JS7 - File Watching.
  • Directory Watching is about watching for changes to a directory.
    • Changes include the situation when a file or sub-directory is added, changed, renamed or deleted.
    • For each change an event is raised that can be used to trigger actions.
    • Directory Watching is performed by tools and frameworks close to the Operating System such as iNotify, Java and .Net.