[linux-elitists] Re: Yet another mozilla atrocity
Mon Oct 6 21:20:49 PDT 2003
begin Martin Pool quotation:
> How does the application know when to reload the changes? Nick
> suggested that it should poll the configuration files, which is
> typical of the "oh it's so easy" response from people who haven't
> really thought through the problem. To make it not too laggy, you'd
> need to poll at least every couple of seconds. Is having every
> application poll the disk every second really so elegant? (Heaven
> help anyone with home on NFS). And of course you still have race
> conditions, since you can't rely on locking.
I brought it up in response to storing timestamps for each
configuration tag. Whether you store it in the file's text or in the
mtime/ctime of the config file was the real issue at hand. I'm still
not convinced that the extra non-human-readable data is useful. Go
on, rant some more Martin.
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