Mentos is a gem refresh your browser automatically when files on disk changes. I like having my editor on one side of the screen and my browser on the other, and to have changes show up on the page I'm currently working on.
- Watch different directories and update specific sites by directory.
- Works on static and dynamic sites.
- One line install for Rack apps using Bundler (see below). Easy install otherwise.
- Pause/resume watching, configurable wait period before refreshes.
- Customizable actions other than page refresh.
- API for managing watched sites.
- mac - uses FSEvents api, might change in the future. TODO: how does autotest work?
- websocket capable browser
Quick Install for Rack apps
If you're using a popular Rack web framework like Rails or Sinatra, it's as simple as adding a line to your bundler's Gemfile:
group :development do gem "mentos", :source => "gems.github.com" end
After running "bundle install", mentos will do the following the next time you start your Rack app:
- check if mentos-server is running, start it if it isn't.
- add the current app as a site to monitor if it isn't already monitored.
Mentos works with any vanilla site. Here's an example for configuring a static site:
gem install mentos --source gems.github.com cd ~/Sites/mysite mentos add mysite mentos watch mysite
For a list of commands and options, run:
TODO: API, config vars/paths
Mentos functionality is comprised of 2 parts:
mentos-server: a sinatra websocket server that maintains a list of which sites are watched, and monitors directories specified by the configuration. It also includes a REST API for managing sites.
In addition to these, there are a few additional utilities:
- mentos-cli: the command line client for managing sites.
- mentos-rack: middleware to inject preconfigured mentos.js into Rack apps.
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