[erlang-questions] Monitoring changes in a directory tree

Torbjorn Tornkvist <>
Sat Sep 20 08:27:54 CEST 2008

Suggestion: Upload the code to the trapexit.org User Contrib area.

Cheers, Tobbe

jm wrote:
> If your on linux I have an inotify port I've been meaning to release. 
> The only thing missing is the Makefile which should be straight forward 
> except make and I don't seem to be getting along. If your interested 
> I'll either email it or put in up somewhere for you to download and help 
> you get it going. If someone doesn't mind supplying the Makefile, I'll 
> release it for inclusion in any of the erlang package repositories.
> inotify works quite well. I had inotifywatch recursively watch the mail 
> spool directory on a busy mail server with just over a 1M files on it 
> consumming about 1% user CPU.
> Also, anyone know what the equivalent to inotify on solaris is? I don't 
> have a running solaris system, but I'd like to expand this port/module 
> to include support for solaris.
> Jeff.
> James Hague wrote:
>> Has anyone put together a module for monitoring changes in directory
>> tree?  If a file is changed, added, or deleted, I want to receive a
>> message about it.  The code for this is very different under OS X and
>> Windows, so having a nice cross-platform module would be wonderful.
>> Or is there a standalone utility I can spawn and get notifications from?
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