inotifywait -r doesn't react to files created in a new subdirectory

Bug #1274670 reported by Alex on 2014-01-30
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inotify-tools (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

If I run:

$ inotifywait -r -e close_write --format '%w%f' /tmp/

and then do the following in /tmp:

$ mkdir test
$ touch test/test_subdir.txt
$ touch test_outer_dir.txt

then inotifywait will output:


i.e. it completely missed the first file, /tmp/test/test_subdir.txt.

If I add the -m flag to inotifywait:

$ inotifywait -r -m -e close_write --format '%w%f' /tmp/

then it works as expected... in the example above, the output would be:


I observe this behavior consistently with inotify-tools 3.13 in Precise and 3.14 in Trusty.


Edit: I just found this related bug report from 6 years ago:

Maybe it was never fully fixed?

Alex (a-t-page) on 2014-01-30
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