On 10/25/10 03:05, Kenton Varda wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> I am trying to write some code which monitors a possibly-large directory
> tree for changes.  Specifically, it's a build system, and I want it to
> automatically start rebuilding whenever I modify a source file.
> 
> So far the approach I've taken is to use EVFILT_VNODE to watch every file
> and directory in the tree.  This seems to work OK so far, but it worries me
> that I have to open() every single file.  When I ran the same code on
> Darwin, it promptly hit the open file descriptor limit, and I'm worried that
> FreeBSD will do the same on larger code trees.
> 
> Is there any better way to accomplish this?  Hate to say it, but Linux's
> inotify() seems more scalable here.  From what I can tell from the docs, it
> doesn't require opening the watched files and it will even watch all files
> in a directory with one call.

Short answer: no.

Long answer: There should be. There were past discussions on writing
such a facility to e.g. receive events for all files on per-mountpoint
basis (which you could filter...), but we're not there yet.


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