buildfresh

Runs a command then reloads your browser when files change

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Buildfresh

Automatically run a command and reload your browser when files change

Installation

$ npm install jkroso/buildfresh -g

Then download and install the liveReload plugin for your browser. Plugins are available for firefox, safari, and chrome. If you need others you can just add the liveReload script directly to your page. If your want to develop for several browsers at the time that should work fine, all connected browsers get refreshed at each change.

Basic Usage

The simplest possible case is bfresh followed by whatever you normal build command is

$ bfresh make

I will monitor all files within the current working and run make whenever one changes before sending a signal to liveReload to refresh the browser. Often this won't be good enough though since if the built file is within the CWD it will trigger another file change event and thereby start an infinite loop. To prevent this you can reduce the files being monitored in a number of ways.

Selecting the top level directory

$ bfresh -d src

Will not look at anything above $CWD/src/. In a lot of cases this will be enough but if not you also have some filtering options. See below.

Filtering files

$ bfresh -x node_modules\|public

Will prevent files with either "node_modules" or "public" in their path from being watched. Its a good idea to exclude "node_modules" anyway since it could slow things down if their are a lot of them.

$ bfresh -i app

Will monitor only files with "app" somewhere in their path

Thanks

To Andrey Tarantsov for the awesome liveReload tool chain and filewatching tools. This tool is just a thin interface on your work.

Release History

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License

Copyright (c) 2012 Andrey Tarantsov

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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