Kernel Bug Tracker – Bug 53161
inotify support for NFS
Last modified: 2013-01-29 17:36:00 UTC
This is a feature request. I am not a kernel hacker, so my description might not be very accurate.
"Please support inotify on NFS."
From what I understand, NFS server can't advertise file system changes to client, but the client can eventually discover when files are changed.
Can this information be eventually transmitted to inotify clients?
I have a virtual box which mounts a filesystem from the host via NFS. The virtual box is running a continuous compilation job which needs to get triggered whenever a file on the NFS filesystem is modified.
For my use-case, deferred notification is better than polling, because the virtual box takes up a lot of CPU resources when polling.
Firstly, feature requests should go the linux-nfs mailing list, not bugzilla.
Secondly, this issue has been discussed to death on said mailing list
and others already. inotify doesn't scale, and particularly not over a
Thirdly, there are already utilities such as gamin and FAM that implement
inotify-like functionality as a sideband protocol for the purposes of the
most common applications.