inotify_rm_watch — remove an existing watch from an inotify instance


#include <sys/inotify.h>

int inotify_rm_watch(int fd, int wd);


inotify_rm_watch() removes the watch associated with the watch descriptor wd from the inotify instance associated with the file descriptor fd.

Removing a watch causes an IN_IGNORED event to be generated for this watch descriptor. (See inotify(7).)

Return Value

On success, inotify_rm_watch() returns zero. On error, -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the cause of the error.



fd is not a valid file descriptor.


The watch descriptor wd is not valid; or fd is not an inotify file descriptor.


Inotify was merged into the 2.6.13 Linux kernel.

Conforming to

This system call is Linux-specific.

See Also

inotify_add_watch(2), inotify_init(2), inotify(7)


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Referenced By

inotify(7), inotify_add_watch(2), inotify_init(2), syscalls(2).

2017-09-15 Linux Programmer's Manual