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Scan filesystems for changes

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ulif.pynotify – Watch for filesystem changes

Scan filesystems and look for changes.

Basically, a package that provides an API and scripts to scan parts of a filesystem for changes. The changes are returned as Python objects (API) or output on commandline.

While ulif.pynotify itself is pure Python, some extensions (notably the SQLite support) require C extensions.


This package is in a really early state!!!

ulif.pynotify will make use of specialized filesystem watchdogs depending on the OS used, but right now it only contains a simple Python-only implementation.

For this purpose the package provides a library and a script to detect filechanges. For ‘remembering’ file states ulif.pynotify provides SQLite support.


The full package documentation can be found at:


ulif.pynotify is currently tested on Linux only.

  • you need Python >= 2.4
  • for full install (includung tests etc.) you also need the Python header files and a working C-compiler like gcc.

Installing the Library

Use easy_install to install the library.

Or download the sources and in the root dir of the extracted package do:

$ python install

You might need superuser permissions to do that.

Installing for Development

After downloading and extracting the sources, in the root dir of the downloaded file tree do:

$ python bootstrap/

which will configure the package for your system. Then, run:

$ ./bin/buildout

which will generate all scripts needed for development in the local bin/ directory.

Running Tests

Afterwards you can run the tests by doing:

$ ./bin/test

Creating Docs

ulif.pynotify comes with some documentation in the docs/ folder. It can be turned into Sphinx based HTML by running:

$ ./bin/make-docs

The docs then can be found in docs/_build/html.

Creating Coverage Reports

We try to keep ulif.pynotify at a 100%-test-covered level. You can do the coverage report by issuing on the command line:

$ ./bin/coverage-detect
$ ./bin/coveragereport

This will create HTML docs of the test coverage of each module.


0.2 (2010-11-14)

  • Added support for pysqlite. We can now detect additions and deletions.
  • Added license document.
  • Improved docs.

0.1 (2010-10-25)

Initial implementation.

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