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watchr

4.1.0 • Public • Published

watchr

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Watchr provides a normalised API the file watching APIs of different node versions, nested/recursive file and directory watching, and accurate detailed events for file/directory creations, updates, and deletions.

Install

NPM

  • Install: npm install --save watchr
  • Module: require('watchr')
  • Editions

    This package is published with the following editions:

    • watchr aliases watchr/index.js which uses Editions to automatically select the correct edition for the consumers environment
    • watchr/source/index.js is esnext source code with require for modules
    • watchr/edition-node-0.12/index.js is esnext compiled for node.js 0.12 with require for modules

    Usage

    API Documentation

    There are two concepts in watchr, they are:

    • Watcher - this wraps the native file system watching, makes it reliable, and supports deep watching
    • Stalker - this wraps the watcher, such that for any given path, there can be many stalkers, but only one watcher

    The simplest usage is:

    // Import the watching library
    var watchr = require('watchr')
     
    // Define our watching parameters
    var path = process.cwd()
    function listener (changeType, fullPath, currentStat, previousStat) {
        switch ( changeType ) {
            case 'update':
                console.log('the file', fullPath, 'was updated', currentStat, previousStat)
                break
            case 'create':
                console.log('the file', fullPath, 'was created', currentStat)
                break
            case 'delete':
                console.log('the file', fullPath, 'was deleted', previousStat)
                break
        }
    }
    function next (err) {
        if ( err )  return console.log('watch failed on', path, 'with error', err)
        console.log('watch successful on', path)
    }
     
    // Watch the path with the change listener and completion callback
    var stalker = watchr.open(path, listener, next)
     
    // Close the stalker of the watcher
    stalker.close()

    More advanced usage is:

    // Create the stalker for the path
    var stalker = watchr.create(path)
     
    // Listen to the events for the stalker/watcher
    // http://rawgit.com/bevry/watchr/master/docs/index.html#watcher
    stalker.on('change', listener)
    stalker.on('log', console.log)
    stalker.once('close', function (reason) {
        console.log('closed', path, 'because', reason)
        stalker.removeAllListeners()  // as it is closed, no need for our change or log listeners any more
    })
     
    // Set the default configuration for the stalker/watcher
    // http://rawgit.com/bevry/watchr/master/docs/index.html#Watcher%23setConfig
    stalker.setConfig({
        stat: null,
        interval: 5007,
        persistent: true,
        catchupDelay: 2000,
        preferredMethods: ['watch', 'watchFile'],
        followLinks: true,
        ignorePaths: false,
        ignoreHiddenFiles: false,
        ignoreCommonPatterns: true,
        ignoreCustomPatterns: null
    })
     
    // Start watching
    stalker.watch(next)
     
    // Stop watching
    stalker.close()

    History

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    npm i watchr

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    4.1.0

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