inotify_init, inotify_init1 — initialize an inotify instance
For an overview of the inotify API, see inotify(7).
inotify_init() initializes a
new inotify instance and returns a file descriptor associated
with a new inotify event queue.
flags is 0,
inotify_init1() is the
following values can be bitwise ORed in
flags to obtain different
file status flag on the new open file description.
Using this flag saves extra calls to fcntl(2) to achieve
the same result.
Set the close-on-exec (
FD_CLOEXEC) flag on the new file
descriptor. See the description of the
O_CLOEXEC flag in open(2) for reasons
why this may be useful.
On success, these system calls return a new file
descriptor. On error, −1 is returned, and
errno is set to indicate the error.
invalid value was specified in
The user limit on the total number of inotify instances has been reached.
The per-process limit on the number of open file descriptors has been reached.
The system-wide limit on the total number of open files has been reached.
Insufficient kernel memory is available.
appeared in Linux 2.6.13; library support was added to glibc
in version 2.4.
was added in Linux 2.6.27; library support was added to glibc
in version 2.9.
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2008-10-10 mtk: add description of inotify_init1()