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'dnotify' is a simple program that makes it possible to execute a command every time the contents of a specific directory change. It is run from the command line and takes two arguments: one or more directories to monitor and a command to execute whenever a directory has changed. Options control what events to trigger on: when a file was read in the directory, when one was created/deleted, etc. 'dnotify' uses the linux kernel directory notification feature to monitor directories. As a result, it does not need to poll files every few seconds.


User manpage included


Download version 0.18.0 (stable)
released on 28 October 2004



LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey7 January 2002

Leaders and contributors

Oskar Liljeblad Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use Linux kernel 2.4.19 or later

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 18 March 2008.


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