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I'm using inotify for a project, and desperately require the functionality provided by this patch: http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/758183

Can I apply this patch to my existing Linux kernel, or would a recompile be in order?

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That is a patch to the Linux VFS. You will have to recompile the kernel, even if you eventually use ksplice to insert it into the running kernel.

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Thanks for the prompt response! Could you please walk me through how to do this without trashing my system? I'm on debian and have the 'linux-source-2.6.26' package installed (sources in /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.26.tar.bz2) –  user58162 Oct 25 '10 at 9:48
I know nothing of how Debian handles its kernel source, but when you find the appropriate fs/inotify.c, go into the directory containing fs/ and run patch -p 1 < somefile.patch, then compile as per Debian instructions. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Oct 25 '10 at 10:26
If you want to use ksplice as per Ignacio's suggestion this may be a good place to start: ibm.com/developerworks/aix/library/au-spunix_ksplice (Updating Custom Kernels). –  Eduardo Ivanec Apr 18 '11 at 13:51

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