fswatch

Sometimes you need to regularly run a program in the terminal when you change files in some directory. This is a kind of “local CI” that frontend engineers are familiar with: change JavaScript file, and the page will update itself in browser (“hot reload”).

The program fswatch written by Enrico Maria Crisostomo prints the paths of changed files in a given directory, which you can “pipe” to another program.

https://emcrisostomo.github.io/fswatch/

In the example below, fswatch runs genblog if any file in the current directory has been changed (except for files in directories .git and output):

fswatch --one-per-batch --recursive --exclude="output" --exclude=".git" . | xargs -n1 sh -c "genblog"
2021-10-22 Edit fswatch.md