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Our client server test environment is kicked off by tests running on the client. Often times, these tests will interact with a remote server, forcing the server to perform certain actions like an email or ftp operation. To ensure that the server performs its operations [particularly an FTP get or a file write], we must go back to the remote server, verifying that certain files were created.

To perform this verification in an automated fashion, we’d need to use a tool like STAF to query the remote server’s file system for the existence of the file. Is this possible?

Our team once used Java Servlets to perform this verification, sending a request from the client machine, asking the server to verify the existence of a local file and to send back the contents in an http response.

I’ll look into developing an execution and scheduling facility built around STAF to fulfill this requirement.