Watch a Directory, Specify Filemask, and Delete Files After Sending

This example demonstrates how to use the watch directory features of NetMailBot. Specifically, a directory is watched for new files, when new files are found, they are sent to the recipient as an email attachment. After the email is sent, the files in the directory being watched are deleted. NOTE: You should change the email addresses in the downloadable batch file to your own email address(es) before running a test.
  • Requirements
    • Working knowledge of creating and editing a batch file.

  • Example Download
    A working example can be downloaded, so that you can follow along with the example:
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    The downloadable example is a zip file that contains 4 files:
    • watch_filemask.bat - The batch file that will instruct NetMailBot to send the email message.
    • attach1.txt - A file to attach
    • attach2.log - A file that should not be attached
    • attach3.txt - A file to attach

    Instructions for Download and Installation

    • Download the example zip file and save it to your hard drive
    • Create a directory on your C drive named "tmp"
    • Unzip all of the files in the example zip file into the newly created directory c:\tmp. Ensure that the attach*.* files are all in the directory c:\tmp\watch. If they are not, create a text file with Notepad and save it in that directory.

  • Steps
    1. Open Notepad and edit the batch file watch_filemask.bat.

      Some important parameters used in the batch file

      • Change the parameters: -to -from to your own email address.
      • Change the parameter: -server localhost to your own mail server
      • The parameter -watchdir "c:\tmp\watchdir" instructs NetMailBot to watch the directory "c:\tmp\watchdir" for files to send as attachments to the -to email address.
      • The parameter -watchdelete instructs NetMailBot to delete the files in the directory "c:\tmp\watchdir" after the email is sent.
      • The parameter -filemask "*.txt" instructs NetMailBot to only watch for files ending with ".txt" the files in the directory "c:\tmp\watchdir". Only those files will be sent as attachments and deleted after the email is sent.
    2. Execute the batch file by double-clicking it in "My Computer".
    3. Go to the directory "c:\tmp\watchdir" to ensure the files attach1.txt and attach3.txt have been deleted, but attach.log has not.
    4. Close the DOS command window by clicking on the Close button or by pressing CTRL-C.
    5. Check your email account Inbox for an email containing the file attachments attach1.txt and attach3.txt.