Author: z3bra <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:07:49 +0200
updated README to reflect new features
|M||README|| | ||39||++++++++++++++++++++-------------------|
1 file changed, 20 insertions(+), 19 deletions(-)
diff --git a/README b/README
@@ -6,10 +6,10 @@
(W)atch (ENT)ire (D)irector(Y) is an inotify-based directory watcher.
-With wendy, you can watch event in a directory or on a file, and launch a
+With wendy, you can watch event in directories or files, and launch a
specific command when an event occurs.
-The program is made the moire simple possible, to leave the room to unlimited
+The program is made the more simple possible, to leave the room to unlimited
uses. Be creative !
Every event raised by inotify is handled. Just sum them up to watch multiple
@@ -36,25 +36,29 @@ To watch for both creation AND deletion in a directory, do some math:
then, pass that value to wendy so that she can watch after both of them (did I
just say 'she'?).
-For more convenience, the IN_CREATE, IN_DELETE and IN_MODIFY events are bound to
-(respectively) -C, -D and -M.
+You can also note that you can specify file/directory names either using the
+-f flag, or from stdin (in this case, the -f flag must be omited).
+As a hidden feature, the watch mask is changed everytime the -m flag is
+provided, and the inotify watches are set everytime the -f flag is given. So
+you can wathc different mask on different file using the same command, and
+that's pretty cool!
Here are some examples:
# Tell me whenever I have a new mail
- wendy -C -d ~/mails/INBOX/new -t 60 -e espeak "You got a new mail"
+ wendy -m 256 -d ~/mails/INBOX/new -t 60 -e espeak "You got a new mail"
# On-the-fly recompilation
- wendy -M -q -d ~/src/dev/program/ -f source.c -t 1 -e make
- # or eventually
wendy -l | grep -i close_write
IN_CLOSE_WRITE ... 8
- wendy -m 8 -q -d ~/src/dev/program/ -f source.c -t 1 -e make
+ find -name "*.c" | wendy -m 8 -q -d ~/src/dev/program/ -t 1 -e make
# Get up to date with community based projects
- wendy -D -M -C -d /mnt/nfs/project/ -t 30 -e notify-send 'project updated'
+ wendy -m 770 -f /mnt/nfs/project/ -t 30 -e popup 'project updated'
+ # watch creation in the directory, and modifications on a file
+ wendy -m 256 -f ./my_dir -m 8 -f file.txt -e echo awesome!
@@ -67,7 +71,7 @@ But you could do something like:
- └── a
+ ├── a
│ ├── c
│ └── d
@@ -75,14 +79,10 @@ But you could do something like:
5 directories, 0 files
- $ for d in `find a -type d`; do
- > wendy -C -q -f $d -e echo file created in $d &
- > done
+ $ find a -type d | wendy -m 256 -v | cut -f2
-That will spawn one instance of wendy per directory. You could then kill them
-all using job control or with
- killall wendy
+That will add a watch to each directory, and output the names of the file
+created (eg: "a/b/newfile").
@@ -102,8 +102,9 @@ still prefer using wendy because of this:
* inotifywait exits upon event reception 
* inotifywait does not allow to launch a command on event reception 
* inotifywait with multiple events can end in an infinite line 
+ * inotifywait cna't read names from stdin
* inotifywait only handle the file modification event (eg, wendy can use
- the IN_ONLYDIR mask).
+ the IN_ONLYDIR mask)
* inotifywait exits right when an event occur, wendy can treat all queued
events at a specific period
* inotify-tools : 164kb against 12kb for wendy (ok, not that relevant)
@@ -129,7 +130,7 @@ Good luck with this, I prefer "wendy -m <mask> -e command"
- wendy -m 774 ~/path/to/my/file
+ wendy -m 774 -f ~/path/to/my/file