Alan DeKok aland at nitros9.org
Fri Apr 14 19:40:30 CEST 2006

A.L.M.Buxey at lboro.ac.uk wrote:
> I've been wondering why the server needs to be reloaded to read in
> the users/client files...

  Mostly historical reasons, coupled with the issue that's it's a bit
of a problem to re-load data structures while they're in use.

>  of course, moving off to SQL based methods
> removes the reload requirement but cant the module check the status
> of the file and if the file has changed, re-read the file itself
> (eg check the modify stamp of the file?) 

  No.  Do you really want the server to automatically re-load the file
when you're in the middle of an editing session?

  The server *should* cache the last modified time, so it doesn't have
to reload files that didn't change.  But it should *not* reload files
until told to do so.

  Alan DeKok.

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