File watcher failed repeatedly



I'm running IntelliJ IDEA 2023.3 (Community Edition) Build #IC-233.11799.241 on Debian 6.0.8-1. I keep getting this “External file changes sync might be slow. File watcher failed repeatedly and has been disabled”. I checked the logs and I get this a buch of lines like this:


INFO - #c.i.o.v.i.l.NativeFileWatcherImpl - Starting file watcher: /<path>/idea-IC-233.11799.241/bin/
WARN - #c.i.o.v.i.l.NativeFileWatcherImpl - /<path>/idea-IC-233.11799.241/bin/fsnotifier: 1: Syntax error:
    ···")" unexpected
WARN - #c.i.o.v.i.l.NativeFileWatcherImpl - Watcher terminated with exit code 2

And then

WARN - #c.i.o.v.i.l.FileWatcher - File watcher failed repeatedly and has been disabled


I've checked and I've found no one reporting this error. Is there a way to fix it?



1 comment

Please provide the logs  (Help | Collect Logs and Diagnostic Data), upload them (snapshot file and log files) to, provide their upload IDs here and we will investigate it.
Where do you keep the project files? Is it a local file system?


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