How to Detect File Changes in Golang
Go has quickly become one of my favorite languages to write in. I often find my self smiling at how easy Go makes almost every task. Detecting file changes is no exception. Using the
filepath package from the standard library along with
fsnotify, makes this a fairly simple task.
Watching single files or directories
Out of the box,
fsnotify provides all the functionality needed to watch a single file or directory:
Watching nested files and directories
fsnotify doesn’t support recursion, so
filepath will have to fill in the gaps:
fsnotify is able to watch all the files in a directory,
filepath is used to walk the entire document tree looking only for directories to attach watchers to.