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Subject: Re: [boost] [filesystem] file monitoring
From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-10-23 09:05:19

On Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 9:04 AM, Beman Dawes <bdawes_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 8:45 AM, Carlos Rafael Giani <
> e0325834_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> is a file monitor feature planned for boost.filesystem? I have been
>> looking for a platform independent solution, but there is none (except in
>> toolkits like Qt). Also, so far only inotify (a subsystem in the Linux
>> kernel) can tell me when a file is closed after writing, which is absolutely
>> necessary when watching a plugins/ directory, for example (you don't want to
>> touch the plugins when they're only halfway copied). Several tools watch the
>> plugin directory, but don't care if the plugins are being written or are
>> fully there already. This can lead to instabilities.
>> I think it is only logical to add this to boost.filesystem, something like
>> set_monitor_callback(pathname, function_object);
>> any thoughts?
> It's an interesting idea.
> If you'd care to design such a feature, I'd be very interested in working
> with you. Right now all my filesystem effort is going into version 3 work
> and keeping up with bug reports. So I don't have the time to research how it
> could be specified such that it can be implemented on both Windows and POSIX
> systems.

At the least, please submit a Boost Trac feature request, so the idea
doesn't get lost.



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