Hobbes is a small UNIX-style file watcher for
OSX windows, linux and OSX (thanks @cgag), written after experiencing some OSX bugs with my usual standby guard. The filenames of modified files are simply echoed to stdout, one file per line. You take it from there.
Complex tasks can be accomplished by combining
hobbes with other commands such as
xargs, for example:
# automatic GHC recompile when your source files change hobbes "*.hs" | xargs -n1 ghc --make
xargs -n1 <command> means essentially "run the command on each word of input". So
ghc --make is run on each modified file.
Another example: I have a script called
kick that reloads the current tab in Chrome and then refocuses iTerm. With this command to
hobbes I get automatic browser reloading on every save. Script here if you're interested.
hobbes "*.html" | xargs -n1 kick
First install haskell via your system's package manager. On OSX it's as simple as:
brew install haskell-platform
then install hobbes with:
cabal install hobbes
Hobbes is a very small wrapper around fsnotify.