Unattended Automation with FileBot Node

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Unattended Automation with FileBot Node

Post by rednoah »

The FileBot Node Client application is not just a webified version of the FileBot Desktop UI and doesn't strive to be. It's completely different, made with different goals in mind. First and foremost setting up unattended automation.

If you find yourself changing the parameters for each Execute you're probably not doing things the smart way.

Here's an example of how FileBot Node is supposed to be used:

Prepare input folder /volume1/complete. That's where we put our new files. Nicely named, badly named, in folders, flat files, anything goes.

Prepare output folder /volume1/media. That's where we will find our neatly organised media files. We never add files to this folder manually. We only ever touch /volume1/complete and let filebot generate the /volume1/media structure.

Open the FileBot Node Client application and input our configuration:
  • Set Input Folder to /volume1/complete
  • Set Output Folder to /volume1/media
  • Set Action to hardlink or copy
  • Set Exclude List to .excludes
:idea: We use hardlinks because that will allow us to have 2 files that share the same data on disk. So we get all the benefits of copying files without any of the disadvantages like wasting disk space.

Now that everything is set up we can run filebot by clicking Execute or Test and see if it works as expected in the output log. If everything looks good, we can then click Schedule to schedule the command to run every day at 4am.

:idea: Scheduled tasks can be modified or deleted in the Synology Task Scheduler.

Done! Now the only manual job left is adding files to /volume1/complete and that can easily be automated depending on the setup. :ugeek:
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