Ever wondered when you make a change in a single file and on saving it some tools like angular or other clis or nodemon automatically react to it by bundling and redeploying the application?
Also while using an ide, when you do some mistake in code and save it, all the dependent files turn red due to an error!
The reaction is coded on ide or cli...but how they keep a watch on files and How it gets to know about events like create, modified, deleted and How we can custom automate something.
I needed such a tool that can listen to the file change events as I was using AngularJS and it does not have an inbuilt cli as angular2+ has. So I looked for something that can help me to automate the build. I use ubuntu so I searched and I found the tool named inotify.
I just have to now run the following command and not have to do the manual steps I was doing after changing files
I'm not gonna bore you by writing about more functionalities, and stuff of inotify but let's just take a look at the simple example
First to install the inotify, just hit the following command
sudo apt-get install -y inotify-tools
Here is a simple bash script which watches the changes of a file name a.txt and on change, it writes the log to b.txt
while true; do # the next statement will wait for the inotify event to get triggered change=$(inotifywait -e modify a.txt) # append he change log to the b.txt file echo $change "$(date +"%T")" >> b.txt; done
Now let's see the demo