FAM dependence on dnotify

Bernd Wechner bernd.wechner at gmail.com
Wed Nov 2 23:50:54 UTC 2016

Just looking at the fam package, and note that it is described as below 
(my highlighting):

    Package: fam
    Version: 2.7.0-17.1
    Priority: optional
    Section: universe/admin
    Origin: Ubuntu
    Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <ubuntu-devel-discuss at lists.ubuntu.com>
    Original-Maintainer: Chuan-kai Lin <cklin at debian.org>
    Bugs: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+filebug
    Installed-Size: 208 kB
    Depends: libc6 (>= 2.15), libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1), libstdc++6 (>=
    4.1.1), lsb-base (>= 3.2-13), portmap, update-inetd
    Homepage: http://oss.sgi.com/projects/fam/
    Download-Size: 54.1 kB
    APT-Sources: http://ftp.iinet.net.au/pub/ubuntu xenial/universe
    amd64 Packages
    Description: File Alteration Monitor
      FAM monitors files and directories, notifying interested
    applications of
      This package provides a server that can monitor a given list of
    files and
      notify applications through a socket. *If the kernel supports
    ** (kernels >= 2.4.x) FAM is notified directly by the kernel.
    *Otherwise it
      has to poll the files' status.  FAM can also provide an RPC
    service for
      monitoring remote files (such as on a mounted NFS filesystem).

Given we're running 4.x kernels now, and inotify long replaced dnotify, 
I am curious if fam relies on dnotify or has in fact been adapted to use 
inotify and this package description is simply out of date. Not 
immediately easy to assume that it is in fact so out of date.

Kind regards,


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