Watch for file changes in node (like watchr or guard for ruby).
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README.md

Sentry

Sentry is a simple node tool to watch for file changes (using a path, wildcards, or regexes) and execute a function or shell command. It's like a watchr or guard for node.

Installation

$ npm install sentry2

Example

var sentry = require('sentry2');

// Watch changes in file.js
sentry.watch('file.js', function (error, filename) {
  console.log("A change has been made in " + filename);
});

// Watch changes on any file ending in .coffee one directory deep
sentry.watch('fld/*.coffee', callback);

// Watch changes recursively on any files 
sentry.watch('fld/**/*', callback);

// Watch files recursively that match a regex
sentry.watchRegExp('fld/', /regex/, callback);

// If you pass a string instead of a function it'll execute that child process
sentry.watch('file.coffee', 'coffee -c');

API

Sentry comes with two methods watch and watchRegExp.

sentry.watch(filePath, [task], callback)

When running a child process you may optionally pass a callback with the arguments (error, filename, stdout, stderr)

sentry.watch('file.js', 'coffee -c', function (error, filename, stdout, stderr) {/*...*/});

Or just pass a callback and Sentry will pass the filename to the callback

sentry.watch('file.js', function (error, filename) {/*...*/});

Feel free to use wildcards with extensions

// Find all files one directory deep
sentry.watch('/folder/*', callback);

// Find all files one directory deep ending in .coffee
sentry.watch('/folder/*.coffee', callback);

// Find all files recursively
sentry.watch('/folder/**/*', callback);

// Find all files recursively ending in .txt
sentry.watch('/folder/**/*.txt', callback);

sentry.watchRegExp(root, regex, [task], callback)

Just like sentry.watch but instead you must pass a root directory and regular expression to match files against.

// Find all files in this folder that end in .coffee
sentry.watchRegExp('', /\.coffee$/, callback);

// Find all files in the adjacent 'test' folder that begin with `test_` and end in `.coffee`
sentry.watchRegExp('../tests/', /^test_,.coffee$/, callback);

To run tests

npm test