May 26, 2018
Cross-platform file change monitor
fswatch is a file change monitor that receives notifications when the contents of the specified files or directories are modified. fswatch implements four kinds of monitors
- A monitor based on the File System Events API of Apple OS X.
- A monitor based on kqueue, an event notification interface introduced in FreeBSD 4.1 and supported on most *BSD systems including OS X.
- A monitor based on inotify, a Linux kernel subsystem that reports file system changes to applications.
- A monitor which periodically stats the file system, saves file modification times in memory and manually calculates file system changes, which can work on any operating system where stat 2 can be used.
fswatch should build and work correctly on any system shipping either of the aforementioned APIs.