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    SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] inotify 0.10.0
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    On Tue, 2004-09-28 at 10:41 -0600, Chris Friesen wrote:
    > Andrew Morton wrote:
    >
    > > Why don't you pass a file descriptor into the syscall instead of a pathname?
    > > You can then take a ref on the inode and userspace can close the file.
    > > That gets you permission checking for free.
    >
    > For passing in the data, that would work. Wouldn't you still need a name or
    > path when getting data back though?

    Does Andrew mean an fd on the thing being watched?

    That is what we are trying to fix with dnotify: the open fd's are pin
    the device and prevent unmount, making notification on removable devices
    impossible. Such a 1:1 relationship also opens way too many fd's.

    Robert Love


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