Re: Detecting changes in a directory tree

From: Adrian Bunk (
Date: Thu Jan 16 2003 - 19:59:41 EST

On Thu, Jan 16, 2003 at 01:58:36PM -0500, Jeroen van Disseldorp wrote:

> Hi,

Hi Jeroen,

> For an application I'm writing I need to know if files in a certain
> directory tree were modified and/or deleted by another process. I
> assume that that tree is mounted on the machine that my app is running
> on. The device it has mounted on can be a local HD, but it can also be
> hosted remotely and mounted over nfs.
> I know of FAM, but this is documented to only watch a directory 1 level
> deep, and I need the whole tree to be monitored. Does anyone know a
> solution for this? Does the kernel provide facilities for this?

with a kernel >= 2.4.19 dnotify [1] might do what you want.

> Regards,
> Jeroen van Disseldorp




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