watching for new files: libevent vs. libev

Tony Arcieri tony.arcieri at
Sat Apr 6 03:26:36 CEST 2013

On Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM, Mikhail T. <mi+thun at>wrote:

>  Thrown off by Tony's inflammatory remark, I was not careful with my own
> choice of words. I was referring to my test-program, which was able to
> discern directory-changes on BSD, when using libevent, but not when using
> libev.
> The same libevent-using method was not working on Linux, which made it
> "worthless" in Tony's educated opinion, and I pointed out, libev can not be
> used for the purpose even on BSD (can it?) -- which would make the method
> even more "worthless" in the same opinion...

Look, libev is a library that, in my opinion, is known for one thing in
particular: excellent cross-platform abstractions that provide the same
semantics across multiple operating systems. I don't think it makes sense
to include a feature that only works on FreeBSD in libev.

Tony Arcieri
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