Pyinotify – Monitor Filesystem Changes in Real-Time in Linux

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Aaron Kili

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6 Responses

  1. santosh says:

    Can we also check who changed file and what does he/she changed in that and send a mail to recipients? If yes please share how can we achieve that. Many Thanks!!!

  2. jorge says:

    When you run pyinotify without specifying any directory to monitor, the /tmp directory is considered by default.

  3. Sushma says:

    I did commands all in the above but I didn’t get this command.

    # python -m pyinotify -v /home/tecmint,com

    i get this error:

    [2017-04-08 17:24:37,360 pyinotify DEBUG] Start monitoring ['/home/tecmint'], (press c^c to halt pyinotify)
    [2017-04-08 17:24:37,360 pyinotify ERROR] add_watch: cannot watch /home/tecmint WD=-1, Errno=No such file or directory (ENOENT)
    ^C[2017-04-08 17:24:44,532 pyinotify DEBUG] Pyinotify stops monitoring.

    can you help me t0 resolve this issue?

    Thank you.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Use a directory that is present on your machine, /home/tecmint is a test directory on our local system. You’ll probably run a command like so:
      # python -m pyinotify -v /path/to/your/directory

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