This tool is inspired by autotest/autospec and automatically calls make when something changes in the directory it monitors. I added the 'r' in automakeR because I don't want to clash with GNU automake.
Prerequisites and dependencies
Since it uses the FSEvents API it only works on Mac OS X and it requires the fsevents gem. See Installing.
It's on gemcutter so just do:
$ sudo gem install fsevents automaker
Specify the path to watch and the patterns to look for in filenames of changed files:
$ automaker /path/to/watch .tex .whatever
make it return a proper exit code
make it react to ctrl-c autospec-style
ctrl-c c to make clean
ctrl-c a to make all
ctrl-c ctrl-c to exit