1. 13 Jul, 2005 1 commit
    • Robert Love's avatar
      [PATCH] inotify · 0eeca283
      Robert Love authored
      
      
      inotify is intended to correct the deficiencies of dnotify, particularly
      its inability to scale and its terrible user interface:
      
              * dnotify requires the opening of one fd per each directory
                that you intend to watch. This quickly results in too many
                open files and pins removable media, preventing unmount.
              * dnotify is directory-based. You only learn about changes to
                directories. Sure, a change to a file in a directory affects
                the directory, but you are then forced to keep a cache of
                stat structures.
              * dnotify's interface to user-space is awful.  Signals?
      
      inotify provides a more usable, simple, powerful solution to file change
      notification:
      
              * inotify's interface is a system call that returns a fd, not SIGIO.
      	  You get a single fd, which is select()-able.
              * inotify has an event that says "the filesystem that the item
                you were watching is on was unmounted."
              * inotify can watch directories or files.
      
      Inotify is currently used by Beagle (a desktop search infrastructure),
      Gamin (a FAM replacement), and other projects.
      
      See Documentation/filesystems/inotify.txt.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarRobert Love <rml@novell.com>
      Cc: John McCutchan <ttb@tentacle.dhs.org>
      Cc: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
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