Which one of Linux, macOS, and Windows still don't have a native WatchService implementation?

Behrang Saeedzadeh behrangsa at gmail.com
Wed Jul 22 07:20:37 UTC 2020

As it is mentioned in

*> The implementation that observes events from the file system is intended
to map directly on to the native file event notification facility where
available, or to use a primitive mechanism, such as polling, when a native
facility is not available. Consequently, many of the details on how events
are detected, their timeliness, and whether their ordering is preserved are
highly implementation specific. For example, when a file in a watched
directory is modified then it may result in a single ENTRY_MODIFY
in some implementations but several events in other implementations.
Short-lived files (meaning files that are deleted very quickly after they
are created) may not be detected by primitive implementations that
periodically poll the file system to detect changes.  *

Does OpenJDK use a native implementation on any of Linux, macOS, and
Windows operating systems?

>From memory Java 8 on OS X didn't have a native implementation but things
might have changed since then.

I was thinking about writing a native implementation for those that don't
and create a pull request to add it to OpenJDK.

Best regards,
Behrang Saeedzadeh

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