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I want to delete my macport folder but I'm not sure if there is something important in it. So my idea was to observe the folder a time. Is this possible?

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Please explain what you mean by observing. Changes to the files in there, additions and removals? – Daniel Beck Jan 5 '11 at 20:56
I mean if there is a program which is using any file from this folder. – robbyOnRails1 Jan 5 '11 at 21:04
This will be difficult. While you can use fs_usage, it's not in any way set up to run persistently (it even required root privileges). Looking forward to answers by others though. – Daniel Beck Jan 5 '11 at 21:07
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Use Folder Actions.

Alternatively, you can try starting a script using launchd with a WatchPaths. I'm pretty sure this answer can easily be adapted, by removing StartOnMount and specifying WatchPaths.

You can notify e.g. using the program say (audio notifications), or, if you use it, Growl from command line using growlnotify. If you want the latter to be really fancy, this answer might help with that.

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thanks that's it! – robbyOnRails1 Jan 5 '11 at 21:08

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