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Kernel inotify watch limit reached

I'm currently facing a problem on a linux box where as root I have commands returning error because inotify watch limit has been reached. # tail -f /var/log/messages [...] tail: cannot watch ...
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Who's consuming my inotify resources?

After a recent upgrade to Fedora 15, I'm finding that a number of tools are failing with errors along the lines of: tail: inotify resources exhausted tail: inotify cannot be used, reverting to ...
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Why are inotify events different on an NFS mount?

Some time ago I noticed that the events reported by inotify are different when the file is saved to an NFS mount vs. a local file system. Shouldn't the underlying VFS provide a uniform view of file ...
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Is there any way to use xargs across a pipe?

I'm trying to automatically convert flac files moved to a folder into mp3 in another folder. My current line of code is this: inotifywait -m -r -q -e moved_to --format "'%w%f'" ~/test | xargs -I x ...
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How does inotify work?

According to Wikipedia, inotify is a Linux kernel subsystem which notices changes to the file system. It replaced the previous dnotify. Programs that sync files (such as crashplan, dropbox, git) ...
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Using inotify to monitor a directory but not working 100%

I have written a bash script to monitor a particular directory /root/secondfolder/: #!/bin/sh while inotifywait -mr -e close_write "/root/secondfolder/" do echo "close_write" done When I ...
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Why doesn't inotifywatch detect changes on added files?

I'm trying to monitor my /tmp folder for changes using inotifywatch: sudo inotifywatch -v -r /tmp After creating couple of files (touch /tmp/test-1 /tmp/test-2), I'm terminating inotifywatch (by ...
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Does inotify fire a notification when a write is started or when it is completed?

Imagine two processes, a reader and a writer, communicating via a regular file on an ext3 fs. Reader has an inotify IN_MODIFY watch on the file. Writer writes 1000 bytes to the file, in a single ...
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mutt: automatically show new mesages

When I have mutt opened, I don't see new emails until I press a key, for example arrow down. Then new emails appear. Is there a way for mutt do recognize that new email has arrived, and display the ...
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Inotifywait for large number of files in a directory

What I want to do is, to monitor a directory (not recursive, just one) for new files created and append those files to one single big file as they are being written. The number of files that are ...
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Watch /tmp for file creation and prevent deletion of files? [duplicate]

I have a binary that creates some files in /tmp/*some folder* and runs them. This same binary deletes these files right after running them. Is there any way to intercept these files? I can't make the ...
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tail -f produces no output in Ubuntu live CD

For some test I start Ubuntu Live from USB. I'm trying to use tail command to show debug log, but it doesn't work. I also test opening two terminals (t1, t2) with this code: t1: touch a t2: ...
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Is it possible to create a non-empty file without write_close and rename event?

The reason why I am asking is because I'm using iwatch (not to confuse with a gadget device) to watch for filesystem events (in my case - file creation/renaming). What I cannot explain is this log: ...
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How can I detect a user login programmatically? [duplicate]

I am developing a small daemon program which needs to run some instructions when a user logs onto the system (all kinds of logins included). In order to do so, I want my program to be woken up ...
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Httpd : no space left on device

I am using Fedora 17 and over the last few days I am having an issue with my system. Whenever I try to start httpd it shows me: Error: No space left on device When I execute systemctl status ...
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Notify of changes on a file under /proc

I have written a small 'daemon' in bash that will switch to the headphones if they are detected, and if not, switch to an external USB speaker with PulseAudio. What I'm looking for is some way to get ...
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inotify and rsync on large number of files

I am using inotify to watch a directory and sync files between servers using rsync. Syncing works perfectly, and memory usage is mostly not an issue. However, recently a large number of files were ...
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Using inotifywait along with vim

I have simple script that monitors file for changes and rsyncs it with remote copy: #!/bin/bash while inotifywait -e close_write somefile do rsync somefile user@host.domain:./somefile done It ...
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How do I use inotify or named pipes over SSHFS?

Thanks sshfs magic, I can mount my home dir from a remote server with sshfs user@server:/home/user ~/remote Optimistically, I thought I'd set a local inotify-hook on ~/remote/logFile (in the sshfs ...
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inotifywait - get old and new file name when renaming

I'm looking for a reliable way to detect renaming of files and get both old and new file names. This is what I have so far: COUNTER=0; inotifywait -m --format '%f' -e moved_from,moved_to ./ | while ...
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How to create a fake inotify event on debian?

I have a dedicated box running minidlna on Debian sourcing media files from a shared cifs drive. When I add a new file to the share not using the midia box, minidlna does not recognize the new files ...
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Use inotifywait to move file when it loads in dropbox folder

I'm trying to find a way to immediately move a file to another folder as soon as it appears in my dropbox on CentOS. I have scoured the internet for some clues but I can't get any further than the ...
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Hook action on process creation

Is it possible to hook a script execution on each process creation? Essentially the equivalent of inotifywait to monitor disk activity but applied to the process table. It would be to allow to do an ...
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Prevent processing file until SCP transfer is finished

Large files are transferred to a server for processing. The server monitors a specific directory using incrond and when a new file is received the processing script is executed for that file. Because ...
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Killing a shell script running in background

I have written a shell script to monitor a directory using the inotifywait utility of inotifyt-tools. I want that script to run continuously in the background, but I also want to be able to stop it ...
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Efficiency of lots of inotify watches or stat calls

I am developing software that will utilize inotify to track changes on a large amount of files (tens to hundreds of thousands of files). I have come up with these ideas: one watch per file one watch ...
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Can inotify be used to watch for a specific file to be created without monitoring the entire directory?

I want to be notified when a specific filename is created. I'm looking at inotify. The IN_CREATE flag is available for monitoring a directory for any changes within it, but I'd prefer not to monitor ...
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Execute command after inotifywait established watches

Inside shell script (test.sh) I have inotifywait monitoring recursively some direcotry - "somedir": #!/bin/sh inotifywait -r -m -e close_write "somedir" | while read f; do echo "$f hi"; done When I ...
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inotifywait different action on file or dir

I'm trying to make a inotifywait script take different actions for files vs folders if it sees a close_write flag being raised in the watched directory, but cannot seem to get the checks working. In ...
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Monitoring file locks, locked using flock

I would like to get a list of pid's which hold shared lock on /tmp/file. Is this possible using simple command line tools?
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Keep keyboard layout upon inserting external keyboard

I have a custom keyboard layout, that I enable using this commands: setxkbmap -verbose us -variant altgr-intl xmodmap -verbose /home/coub/.myxmodmap This works just fine, the thing is, that when I ...
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How does fsnotify setting affect system performance?

Occasionally a software package I install complains that the default fsnotify setting is far too low for decent performance. Intellij IDEA or crashplan are two examples. They suggest using fsnotify ...
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No output from inotifywait | awk

I'm attempting to use part of a one-liner found here: Script to monitor folder for new files? When I try the following procedure I get no output whatsoever and I cannot figure out why. In terminal ...
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inotifywait not working when folder is deleted and re-created

I am trying to use inotifywait to monitor a folder: inotifywait -m -r /home/oshiro/Desktop/work_folder The command works and if I create files in that folder, all seems to work correctly. While ...
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Bash script to detect uploaded files triggers many times for one file

I have a simple bash script setup that uses the built-in inotify daemon running CentOS 6.6. The script will simply echo the file that is upload to a specific directory. The script works but it echos ...
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Will incron's IN_CREATE event give me a blank file?

I want to monitor a directory for new files, which will be created by another process. I plan to use incrod to do this. I am not interested in reacting to changes in files, as the files should never ...
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convert a jpg file after being uploaded using inotifywait

First it is my first time writing a bash script so I apologize if this is trivial. I am trying to setup a watch so every time a jpg file is uploaded to a specific folder, it gets converted to webp ...
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Incrontab doesn't detect modifications on a s3fs mount

This is my incrontab line: /srv/www IN_MODIFY,IN_ATTRIB,IN_CREATE,IN_DELETE,IN_CLOSE_WRITE,IN_MOVE rsync --quiet --recursive --links --hard-links --perms --acls --xattrs --owner --group --delete ...
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App which can execute arbitrary code on different events

I've been looking for a simple activator which can execute some code when stuff happens, I haven't found anything yet. Maybe, I am not using the right keywords. It would be great if someone pointed me ...
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Understanding inotifywait, pipes and buffers

I want to monitor every file change in a directory with inotifywait. inotifywait shall write to a FIFO buffer, which then can be read, leisurely. While experimenting with relatively huge amounts of ...
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Higher-level wrapper for entr or inotifywait

I'm looking for a way to rerun a specific command as soon as any of the files in a subdirectory (perhaps minus selected excludes) changes. Use case I'm working on a project that is self-contained in ...
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Why is my inotifywait loop exiting after removing some subdirectories?

i have the following bash script: #!/bin/sh dir1=/source/dir/path/ while inotifywait -qqre modify "$dir1"; do rm -r /destination/dir/path find /source/dir/path/ -name .svn -exec rm -rf '{}' \; ...
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Monitoring file reads for cache warming

After adding more memory to my Linux machine I was tempted to use the cache more agressively. The thing is: I boot up my machine, go to bathroom, come back and log in. It takes like half a minute to ...
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Can I limit the number of inotify watches available to a process or cgroup?

I am consistently running out of inotify resources, leading to errors along the lines of: # tail -f /some/files tail: inotify resources exhausted tail: inotify cannot be used, reverting to polling ...
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Why doesn't INotify work with `/etc/mtab` or `/proc/mounts`? [duplicate]

When I used INotify with /etc/mtab or /proc/mounts, it doesn't detect changes when things mount or unmount, even though /etc/mtab and /proc/mounts both have changed when I check manually. Why is this, ...
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Execute CURL command only once in script?

To explain a little, I am currently monitoring a folder for any changes and when changes are detected it simply uploads the detected files to my server via rsync. This is working without any issues : ...
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Set maximum number of processes started by incrond

I am using incrond to monitor a directory for incoming files. After each file arrives in the directory a python script is called to process it. A problem arises when the rate of incoming files is ...
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Allow one entry at a time in incron job?

I have a directory to monitor. When it is updated, I run some command via incron. When multiple files are copied in this directory, incron execute multiple commands at the same time. Is there any way ...
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Is there a way to use inotify on remote filesystems (specifically WebDAV)?

I have Box.com successfully mounted with davfs2 (webdav) to a local location. Now I am trying to trigger actions on files created and synced in the Webdav folder. Unfortunately this is not working. I ...
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incrontab reports modifying a file that doesn't exists

I have created this incrontab entry: /tmp IN_ALL_EVENTS /home/me/changes.sh $@/$# $% and this script (changes.sh): #!/bin/bash echo "file $1 changed(flgs: $2)" >> /home/me/changes.log ...