Listen to file changes

C. P. Ghost cpghost at
Fri Dec 14 11:32:33 UTC 2012

On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM, Arthur Chance <freebsd at> wrote:
> On 12/14/12 10:34, Polytropon wrote:
>> On Fri, 14 Dec 2012 01:45:43 -0800 (PST), Jack Mc Lauren wrote:
>>> Hi all
>>> I want to monitor files access and change time. How can I
>>> listen to specific file or directory to monitor ? I'm coding with c.
>> If I remember correctly, what you're searching for does already
>> exist: FAM - the File Alteration Monitor. It's in the ports
>> collection (/usr/ports/devel/fam). There are also C++ and
>> Ruby bindings, maybe you can also interface with C...
>> For C: Maybe using readdir() et al. could be useful? Also see
>> "man 5 inode", "man 5 dir" and "man 3 readdir" for more info.
>> And struct ufs2_dinode in /usr/include/ufs/ufs/dinode.h should
>> have the information you need to parse for; maybe also check
>> the FILE type in /usr/include/stdio.h for access flags.
> See also kevent(2) and the EVFILT_VNODE system filter.

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