Windows Explorer dir refresh and change notifications

Volker Lendecke vl at
Tue Nov 8 09:09:32 UTC 2016

On Tue, Nov 08, 2016 at 09:56:51AM +0200, Uri Simchoni wrote:
> It seems that in Windows (at least Win7), if you have an explorer window
> open on a directory, then propagation of changes depends on a working
> change-notify mechanism.
> I used to think you only need change-notify for the window to be
> refreshed *automatically*, but it seems like even hitting F5 doesn't
> show new files (for a varying time in the order of one minute), if
> change notify doesn't work (as with the case of a FUSE file system
> without change notify support).
> Is anyone familiar with this? Is it an Explorer behavior or a redirector
> behavior? Can anything be done short of fixing change-notification?

I can confirm I've seen that. Working change notify seems mandatory
for the Windows Explorer application these days. I do not know about
any client-side workaround.


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