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How to track / monitor changes in an on-line PDF file? Need to be notified when that happens.

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May be you can retrieve something like the headers and see the modified date? but you will need a script to do that.

You could use the response of a service like http://www.rexswain.com/httpview.html

And read the line:

Last-Modified:·Thu,·31·Jan·2008·15:58:57·GMT(CR)(LF)
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Probably there is no easy way to do it.

You can consider using LaTex for PDF creation - you will be able to track the "source code" of the PDF as any other source (SVN/Git/ etc.).

You can also use use the pyPdf lib to convert PDF contents to plain text (which is easily track-able).

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Sounds like you're trying to use a basic version of source control. This might be a bit too large/complicated for your needs, but have you considered checking in the file to a CVS/SVN repository and then having the users access it through a web interface?

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