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Using inotifywait with a while loop in bash

Install inotify-tools and then you can wait for a file to change using:

inotifywait -m thefile.txt

The -m flag monitors the file, instead of exiting on the first event. You can use -e to wait for a particular event–see the man page.

But you probably want to do something when that happens. You can pipe the output of the command to a bash while loop:

inotifywait -m thefile.txt | while read file; do echo $file; done

file in this case will have the file name and event name, but you don’t need to use it obviously.


Posted: Tuesday 22 March 2016, 3:41PM

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