watch for files

Mikhail Teterin mi+mx at
Tue Nov 15 14:31:24 PST 2005

=Is there an utility to watch files changes and make some defined 
=actions. Actions defined in a configuration file.

On the low level BSDs have kqueue. On the higher level there is the devel/fam 
port, which uses smart mechanisms on Linux and Irix, but resorts to 
inefficient polling everywhere else, including BSD.

An attempt to teach fam the benefits of kqueue exists at:

but appears to have stalled. If you have "milk and time", you best improve the 
devel/fam. If not, you can just the existing fam API and wait for someone 
else to make it BSD-aware and efficient.


P.S. Andrew, please, stick to English on the international mailing lists.

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