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Date: 2006-11-29 (06:28)
From: Aleksey Nogin <nogin@m...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Inotify binding
On 21.11.2006 16:16, Vincent Hanquez wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 21, 2006 at 11:55:46PM +0000, Richard Jones wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 21, 2006 at 09:18:34PM +0100, Vincent Hanquez wrote:
>>> I've made a small bindings for inotify, aka linux file system notification
>>> new subsystem.
>> I think OMake includes bindings for gamin.
> it seems to be talking FAM.

Actually, in our LibMojave (which is what OMake uses) we have bindings for:
 - FAM
 - Gamin (using either the generic FAM interface, or taking advantage of
Gamin extensions)
 - kqueue (FreeBSD, OS X)
 - inotify (Linux)
 - ??? (Win32) - not sure what exactly is used there

In all five cases, we provide the _same_ fam-style interface on the
OCaml side. We also have OMake autoconf-style scripts that can detect
which of the fours notification mechanisms is present on a specific
machine and use the appropriate one.

> Sounds more like a bad thing than a good thing to me.
> Direct inotify binding are much smaller/simpler anyway.

That might be true, but only if you happen to be on a machine that
provides inotify. We do utilize inotify if it is present, but we also
have an option of using one of the other four when there is no inotify.