couldn't you just scan the file system roots every now and then to see if anything has changed?
On Nov 26, 2010, at 7:40 AM, Bob Lang wrote:
> Hi Tobias
> On 26 Nov 2010, at 13:35, Tobias Bley wrote:
>> does anybody know a good solution in Java for watching for new connected external storage devices? (external hard disc, usb stick, ...)
>> I tried the FileMonitor of JNA but this approach doesn't seems to work...
> Unless someone here comes up with a really elegant solution and assuming that this functionality is NOT a deal-breaker, then my suggestion is that you don't even try! Any solution you come up with is likely to be different for Windoze and *Nix code bases, which means you really should check it on XP, Vista , Win 7, Linux, Solaris, OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion. That's an awful lot of platforms, and of course it only requires a change to any one of them to make your carefully constructed solution fall over.
> If I had to do this, then I would put a button/menu on the application GUI for the user to inform the program that a new drive is installed, then use a File Chooser to select it. This is a pure Java solution and guaranteed to work cross-platform, now and for the foreseeable future.
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