Bobby L. Craig


# gaze [![Build Status](]( A globbing wrapper built from the best parts of other fine watch libs. Compatible with Node.js 0.10/0.8, Windows, OSX and Linux. ![gaze]( ## Usage Install the module with: `npm install gaze` or place into your `package.json` and run `npm install`. ```javascript var gaze = require('gaze'); // Watch all .js files/dirs in process.cwd() gaze('**/*.js', function(err, watcher) { // Files have all started watching // watcher === this // Get all watched files console.log(this.watched()); // On file changed this.on('changed', function(filepath) { console.log(filepath + ' was changed'); }); // On file added this.on('added', function(filepath) { console.log(filepath + ' was added'); }); // On file deleted this.on('deleted', function(filepath) { console.log(filepath + ' was deleted'); }); // On changed/added/deleted this.on('all', function(event, filepath) { console.log(filepath + ' was ' + event); }); // Get watched files with relative paths console.log(this.relative()); }); // Also accepts an array of patterns gaze(['stylesheets/*.css', 'images/**/*.png'], function() { // Add more patterns later to be watched this.add(['js/*.js']); }); ``` ### Alternate Interface ```javascript var Gaze = require('gaze').Gaze; var gaze = new Gaze('**/*'); // Files have all started watching gaze.on('ready', function(watcher) { }); // A file has been added/changed/deleted has occurred gaze.on('all', function(event, filepath) { }); ``` ### Errors ```javascript gaze('**/*', function() { this.on('error', function(err) { // Handle error here }); }); ``` ### Minimatch / Glob See [isaacs's minimatch]( for more information on glob patterns. ## Documentation ### gaze(patterns, [options], callback) * `patterns` {String|Array} File patterns to be matched * `options` {Object} * `callback` {Function} * `err` {Error | null} * `watcher` {Object} Instance of the Gaze watcher ### Class: gaze.Gaze Create a Gaze object by instanting the `gaze.Gaze` class. ```javascript var Gaze = require('gaze').Gaze; var gaze = new Gaze(pattern, options, callback); ``` #### Properties * `options` The options object passed in. * `interval` {integer} Interval to pass to fs.watchFile * `debounceDelay` {integer} Delay for events called in succession for the same file/event #### Events * `ready(watcher)` When files have been globbed and watching has begun. * `all(event, filepath)` When an `added`, `changed` or `deleted` event occurs. * `added(filepath)` When a file has been added to a watch directory. * `changed(filepath)` When a file has been changed. * `deleted(filepath)` When a file has been deleted. * `renamed(newPath, oldPath)` When a file has been renamed. * `end()` When the watcher is closed and watches have been removed. * `error(err)` When an error occurs. * `nomatch` When no files have been matched. #### Methods * `emit(event, [...])` Wrapper for the EventEmitter.emit. `added`|`changed`|`deleted` events will also trigger the `all` event. * `close()` Unwatch all files and reset the watch instance. * `add(patterns, callback)` Adds file(s) patterns to be watched. * `remove(filepath)` removes a file or directory from being watched. Does not recurse directories. * `watched()` Returns the currently watched files. * `relative([dir, unixify])` Returns the currently watched files with relative paths. * `dir` {string} Only return relative files for this directory. * `unixify` {boolean} Return paths with `/` instead of `\\` if on Windows. ## FAQs ### Why Another `` Wrapper? I liked parts of other `` wrappers but none had all the features I needed. This lib combines the features I needed from other fine watch libs: Speedy data behavior from [paulmillr's chokidar](, API interface from [mikeal's watch]( and file globbing using [isaacs's glob]( which is also used by [cowboy's Grunt]( ### How do I fix the error `EMFILE: Too many opened files.`? This is because of your system's max opened file limit. For OSX the default is very low (256). Increase your limit temporarily with `ulimit -n 10480`, the number being the new max limit. ## Contributing In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using [grunt]( ## Release History * 0.5.2 - Fix for ENOENT error with non-existent symlinks. * 0.5.1 - Use setImmediate (process.nextTick for node v0.8) to defer ready/nomatch events (@amasad). * 0.5.0 - Process is now kept alive while watching files. Emits a nomatch event when no files are matching. * 0.4.3 - Track file additions in newly created folders (@brett-shwom). * 0.4.2 - Fix .remove() method to remove a single file in a directory (@kaelzhang). Fixing Cannot call method 'call' of undefined (@krasimir). Track new file additions within folders (@brett-shwom). * 0.4.1 - Fix watchDir not respecting close in race condition (@chrisirhc). * 0.4.0 - Drop support for node v0.6. Use globule for file matching. Avoid node v0.10 path.resolve/join errors. Register new files when added to non-existent folder. Multiple instances can now poll the same files (@jpommerening). * 0.3.4 - Code clean up. Fix path must be strings errors (@groner). Fix incorrect added events (@groner). * 0.3.3 - Fix for multiple patterns with negate. * 0.3.2 - Emit `end` before removeAllListeners. * 0.3.1 - Fix added events within subfolder patterns. * 0.3.0 - Handle safewrite events, `forceWatchMethod` option removed, bug fixes and watch optimizations (@rgaskill). * 0.2.2 - Fix issue where subsequent add calls dont get watched (@samcday). removeAllListeners on close. * 0.2.1 - Fix issue with invalid `added` events in current working dir. * 0.2.0 - Support and mark folders with `path.sep`. Add `forceWatchMethod` option. Support `renamed` events. * 0.1.6 - Recognize the `cwd` option properly * 0.1.5 - Catch too many open file errors * 0.1.4 - Really fix the race condition with 2 watches * 0.1.3 - Fix race condition with 2 watches * 0.1.2 - Read triggering changed event fix * 0.1.1 - Minor fixes * 0.1.0 - Initial release ## License Copyright (c) 2013 Kyle Robinson Young Licensed under the MIT license.