Re: [RFC] Simple file monitoring API for GLib

On Mon, 2006-05-08 at 22:49 +0100, Emmanuele Bassi wrote:

> A while ago, on IRC, Christian Persch made the request[1] that the
> monitoring of the storage file used by the GtkRecentManager could be
> overridden by libgnome, so that every application using the GnomeProgram
> API would automagically have notifications of file changes using
> gnome-vfs, instead of the default implementation which stat()s the file
> once in a while[2].

While having a "monitor a file" abstraction in Glib would be nice, I
don't think it should be added only to monitor the recent-files storage.

Displaying a list of recent-files is always initiated by the user, and
all such displays are short-lived:  a File menu, and a file chooser.
So, you don't need to keep anything up to date continuously.  You can
just re-read the recent-files storage when the user brings up such a


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