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SubjectRe: [patch] add two inotify_add_watch flags
On Tue, 2005-12-06 at 22:54 -0500, John McCutchan wrote:

> The below patch lets user space have more control over the inodes that
> inotify will watch. It introduces two new flags.
> IN_ONLYDIR -- only watch the inode if it is a directory
> This is needed to avoid the race that can occur when we want to be sure
> that we are watching a directory.
> IN_DONT_FOLLOW -- don't follow a symlink. In combination with
> IN_ONLYDIR we can make sure that we don't watch the target of symlinks.
> The issues the flags fix came up when writing the gnome-vfs inotify
> backend. Default behaviour is unchanged.

Looks good to me, and I confirm we hit these issues in real-life with

Acked-by: Robert Love <>

Robert Love

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