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Re: [PATCH] Added inotify support.

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Added inotify support.
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 19:15:51 +0200

> From: Nix <address@hidden>
> Emacs: Lovecraft was an optimist.
> Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:55:34 +0100
> Cc: Óscar Fuentes <address@hidden>, address@hidden
> Of course you can't rely on inotify rather than polling, because inotify
> simply silently omits all changes that come from other hosts when an fs
> is mounted or exported over the network. inotify and friends are only
> spying on local VFS traffic

If this is true (I don't see this limitation in the inotify(7) man
page), it is specific to inotify.  The MS-Windows equivalents work for
exported filesystems as well.

Nevertheless, the general observation is correct: these notifications
are not 100% reliable.  Even for local filesystems, if the event queue
overflows, events are thrown away without being reported.

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