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System Name: direvent
Name: GNU direvent
Group Type: Official GNU software

This software is part of the GNU Project.

GNU Direvent is a daemon that monitors file system directories for events, such as creating, deleting or modifying files. It can be configured to monitor different sets of directories for different events. When an event is detected, direvent calls an external program associated with it, supplying it with the information about the event and the location within the file system where it occured.

GNU Direvent provides an easy way to configure the system to react immediately if certain files undergo changes. This may be helpful, for example, to track changes in important configuration files.

The program aims to provide a uniform and system-independent command-level interface for file system events.  The current version (4.x) is known to work on GNU/Linux (kernels starting from v. 2.6.13) and BSD systems (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Darwin).

Prior to becoming GNU project, the program was known as dircond. Its releases from that time can be found here.

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Registration Date: Mon 18 Aug 2014 05:12:30 AM UTC
License: GNU General Public License v3 or later
Development Status: 5 - Production/Stable


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Version 5.3
     posted by gray, Thu 30 Dec 2021 09:20:30 AM UTC

Version 5.3 of direvent is available for download.

New in this version:

New event: "change"

The change event is implemented on GNU/Linux and FreeBSD.  This event is delivered when a file was modified and closed. [...]

GNU direvent 5.1
     posted by gray, Wed 06 Jul 2016 03:29:35 PM UTC

GNU direvent 5.1 is available for download.

Changes in this release:

  • Globbing patterns in #include statement
  • New watcher option shell
  • Include search path
  • New command line option -I (--include)

See the NEWS file entry for a detailed discussion.

Direvent 5.0 available for download
     posted by gray, Sat 06 Sep 2014 02:13:30 PM UTC

Direvent 5.0 -- a first GNU release of the package -- is available for download from the official GNU FTP, and from the
package FTP home.

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