Re: [Nautilus-list] Re: IMON in mainstream Linux kernel?

On Thu, Jun 14, 2001 at 07:41:59PM +0200, Yoann Vandoorselaere wrote:
> Darin Adler <darin bentspoon com> writes:
> > On Thursday, June 14, 2001, at 09:20  AM, Yoann Vandoorselaere wrote:
> > 
> > > BTW: do you know if IMON will get integrated in the mainstream kernel ?
> > 
> > Almost certainly not. The kernel hackers have their own monitoring
> > API, which they think is superior to IMON. Seth said that it seemed
> > like the Linux monitoring code was not sufficient to do what FAM
> > requires, but I haven't looked into it. It's possible that a future
> > version of FAM could use the Linux monitoring.
> > 
> > But the important point is that FAM works quite well even without
> > IMON. And the polling that it does is exactly the sort of thing we'd
> > want to do in Nautilus itself if FAM didn't exist.
> Linda do you know if fam will support current Linux kernel monitoring API ?

The Linux 2.4 dnotify API is much much simpler than FAM. It simply tells you
if something in a monitored directory has changed. Implementing FAM on top of
that wouldn't be efficient. However, Seth and I have been talking about adding
a monitoring/notification API to GnomeVFS that could use either as a backend.
It probably wouldn't provide the depth and flexibility of fam, but would be
as much as Nautilus or most apps would require.


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