Watchers
CommandBox has a powerful utility that can be used to watch a folder of files for changes and fire arbitrary code when changes happen. The utility will block execution of the command until the user stops it with Ctrl+C. To use a watcher in your command, there is a method called watch() in the base command class that you can call. It has a nice DSL of chainable methods to configure it.
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watch()
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.paths( '**.cfc' )
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.excludePaths( '/config/Coldbox.cfc,/config/WireBox.cfc' )
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.inDirectory( getCWD() )
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.withDelay( 5000 )
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.onChange( function() {
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print.line( 'Something changed!' );
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command( 'testbox run' )
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.run();
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} )
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.start();
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Here's a rundown of the methods used above in the DSL.
  • paths( ... ) - Receives a comma-delimited list of globbing patterns to watch for changes. (defaults to **)
  • inDirectory( ... ) - Set the base directory that the file globs are relative to. (defaults to current working directory)
  • withDelay( ... ) - Set the number of milliseconds between polling the file system. (defaults to 500 ms)
  • onChange( ... ) - Pass a closure to be executed when a change has occurred.
  • start() - Starts the watcher. Always call this at the end of the DSL chain
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