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Many years ago I did a little utility I called autobuild[0] to do similar things. It has osx and windows support, but never got around doing linux support. I don't think inotify has an easy way of doing recursive filesystem notifications, having to manage the hierarchy and their notifiers, so it lapsed when I didn't need it at the time.

It felt like this kind of tool would/should be one of those standard command line tools always available, or the at least of those standard things everyone knows to install, like silversearcher/ripgrep etc.

[0] https://github.com/scoopr/autobuild

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