[arch-dev-public] Removing fam from [extra]

Roman Kyrylych roman.kyrylych at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 13:52:03 EDT 2009

On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 17:14, Ronald van Haren<pressh at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 2:22 PM, Allan McRae<allan at archlinux.org> wrote:
>> I would like to remove fam from [extra].  It is old, uses dnotify rather
>> than the better inotify and does not build without lots of patches.  It
>> seems the patches we do use create Arch specific issues with log file
>> filling (FS#14623).  Finally, gamin does most of the job fam does but better
>> and it is currently in the [community] repo.
>> Any objections?  Also, should I bring gamin to [extra] as a replacement or
>> leave it in [community]? I really do not care which....
> Every normal file manager should use inotify by itself and not depend
> on fam/gamin for that. What fam adds is the ability to monitor remote
> file systems IIRC, gamin does not add anything (of course it adds the
> basic functionality to file managers which don't have inotify
> support).
> so -1 from me

I agree with Ronald here, unless something has changed in gamin in
these 3+ years
during which there were numerous feature requests about replacing fam
with gamin.
And speaking of changes - this one (from
http://www.gnome.org/~veillard/gamin/news.html) looks suspicious:
0.1.9: Jul 27 2007 Bug fixes: enable polling when using inotify this
fixes support for NFS partitions

Roman Kyrylych (Роман Кирилич)

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