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From Jordan Zimmerman <>
Subject Re: How to watch on descendant znodes using Curator PathCache?
Date Mon, 10 Feb 2014 02:31:56 GMT
Do you need just the one level? If so, why not use PathChildrenCache:


From: Check Peck Check Peck
Date: February 9, 2014 at 9:08:20 PM
To: user
Subject:  How to watch on descendant znodes using Curator PathCache?  
I am working on a project in which I need to maintain a watches on a node, and that nodes
children as well. I have tried using PathCache but I am not sure how to watch for childrens
children here?

Here my root node is - `"/my/test"` and I am keeping a watch on that node using the below
code. What I want to do is, to keep the watch on `"/my/test"` znode. So suppose if these nodes
gets added to my root node -

Then I should get notified (till this part I am able to make it work) but if any new node
gets added, updated or removed to `"/my/test/test1"`, `"/my/test/test2"` and `"/my/test/test3"`
then I should also get notified and this is the part I am not able to understand how to make
it work.

Whenever I am adding any new node to `"/my/test"` such as `"/my/test/test1"`, `"/my/test/test2"`,
`"/my/test/test3"` then the watch gets triggered with the use of below code. But if I am adding
any new node to `"/my/test/test1"` or `"/my/test/test2"`, then no watches get triggerd and
I am not sure how to add the code for that as well? Any thoughts how this can be done?

May be if somebody has done this in the past.. So any example will be of great help to me..

Below is my code which works fine for `"/my/test"` children but not the childrens of `"/my/test/test1"`
and etc etc.
    private static final String PATH = "/my/test";

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        CuratorFramework client = null;
        PathChildrenCache cache = null;
        try {
            client = CuratorClient.createSimple("localhost:2181");

            // in this example we will cache data. Notice that this is optional.
            cache = new PathChildrenCache(client, PATH, true);


            for(;;) {
                try {
                } catch(InterruptedException e) {
        } catch (Exception e1) {
Below is my addListener method -   

    private static void addListener(PathChildrenCache cache) {

        PathChildrenCacheListener listener = new PathChildrenCacheListener() {
            public void childEvent(CuratorFramework client, PathChildrenCacheEvent
event) throws Exception {
                switch (event.getType()) {
                case CHILD_ADDED: {
                    System.out.println("Node added: " + ZKPaths.getNodeFromPath(event.getData().getPath()));

                case CHILD_UPDATED: {
                    System.out.println("Node changed: "    + ZKPaths.getNodeFromPath(event.getData().getPath()));

                case CHILD_REMOVED: {
                    System.out.println("Node removed: "    + ZKPaths.getNodeFromPath(event.getData().getPath()));
Can anyone provide a simple example for this for my use case? I am using Curator 2.4.0 which
got released recently.

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