linux kernel, git, and stateful sync

Andrew Shewmaker agshew at
Tue Jun 21 16:43:53 GMT 2005

On 6/21/05, Wayne Davison <wayned at> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 20, 2005 at 02:18:13PM -0600, Andrew Shewmaker wrote:
> > I was wondering if H. Peter Anvin or Nathan Laredo had expressed their
> > needs to the rsync developers?
> No, they've not talked about what they're doing here.  It would be very
> interesting to hear their thoughts on a utility that worked better with
> large numbers of files.  One thing that I had thought to look into at
> some point is a way to monitor the changes for a hierarchy of files at
> the OS or driver level (perhaps using inotify?) and thus totally
> eliminate the scan looking for changes (for up-to-date mirroring).

That would be nice.  Even if you can't depend on a cross-platform
filesystem level change notification mechanism, it seems like a person
could fall back to using a script based on perl's Find module to
update a cached list of files.

I emailed Nathan Laredo and asked him what they approach they are
taking, and I'll let you know when/if he responds.

Andrew Shewmaker

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