I want to run a process when a file is written to a directory on Ubuntu. I understand I can write a monitor to do this. (ie not an event based trigger but a 'monitor').
To implement this - other than writing a for loop of infinite duration in C that polls the directory - what steps would you take to implement this?
What steps would you take to implement a monitor on Ubuntu that runs a process (another application) when a file is written to a directory?
(The reason that you'd do this is the that process writing the file is under a limited set of permissions (eg tomcat6) but the executed process (an existing software package) needs root (ie to run a process in a chroot jail))