Porting Catfish and Autokey to FreeBSD

Mark Felder feld at FreeBSD.org
Thu Jan 7 14:26:12 UTC 2016

On Thu, Jan 7, 2016, at 04:18, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On 01/07/16 06:33, PeerCorps Trust Fund wrote:
> > It seems as though FreeBSD has an inotify compatibility layer.
> > 
> > At least that's what we've been informed. One committer in the
> > community is currently working on getting it operational and into the
> > ports collection.
> It's already been ported.  See devel/libinotify
> I say 'ported' but this is a wrapper providing the inotify API built on
> top of kqueue(2), because FreeBSD doesn't provide the same notification
> kernel functions as Linux does.
> This implementation passes the inotify test suite and as far as I can
> tell, behaves almost identically, except for the semantics around
> process fork(2)'ing.  Under Linux, you can set up inotify and have those
> settings preserved in a child process after forking.  kqueue(2) doesn't
> let you do that.

Upstream has rejected a pull request to add FreeBSD support to pyinotify
via libinotify due to their inability to guarantee it will work right


  Mark Felder
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