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Inotify events are not / stop working from host to container


(Mickaelperrin) #1

Expected behavior

When creating / removing / updating a file / folder in a mounted folder, inotify events are triggered inside the container

Actual behavior

Under certain conditions, no inotify events are triggered.


I encountered this issue while working on a sync project to increase the performance of docker volumes.

Basically, it launches an unison server in a container and performs syncs in realtime by watching two folders in the container: a normal one and one mounted to the host OSXFS. Syncing from the container to the host, always work. However, it looks like syncing from the host to the container stop / doesn’t work under certain conditions…

I tried to reproduce these conditions by creating a simple example that you can grab at

Docker for Mac: version: mac-v1.12.0-beta20
OS X: version 10.11.5 (build: 15F34)
logs: /tmp/20160725-190835.tar.gz
[OK] docker-cli
[OK] app
[OK] moby-syslog
[OK] virtualization
[OK] menubar
[OK] system
[OK] osxfs
[OK] db
[OK] slirp
[OK] moby-console
[OK] logs
[OK] vmnetd
[OK] env
[OK] moby
[OK] driver.amd64-linux

Steps to reproduce the behavior

#1. get the example from Github
git clone -b feature/1

#2. start the containers
cd docker-magic-sync/example
./ up -d --build

# 3. launch inotify in the container
docker exec -it example-magic_sync_1 inotifywait -m /src/project.magic

# 4. open a new terminal and go to subfolder example
touch newfile

# 5. check that no notification is emitted by inotifywait

# 6. ensure the file is created
docker exec -it example_magic-sync_1 sh -c "test -f /src/project.magic/newfile && echo 'No events were emitted but file was created'"

Alternatives to OSXFS / performant shares under OSX
File access in mounted volumes extremely slow, CPU bound
Alternatives to OSXFS / performant shares under OSX
(David Sheets) #2

Beta 21.1 has been released which should resolve this issue. Thanks for your report and reproduction and for your participation in the Docker for Mac Beta!