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I'm working on an application that relies heavily on nodejs' filewatchers.

Now we found that IntelliJ's auto-save feature that writes to a file as you type / blur the window doesn't trigger nodejs filewatchers - at least not on mac.

The following simple test verifies this.

  • Create a file called file.txt
  • Create the following script in the same folder
  • Edit file.txt in IntelliJ or Webstorm
  • Nothing should be looked (where as if you edit the file in any other editor and save it you see change 0, change 1 etc.)

fs = require( "fs" );
i = 0; "./file.txt", function(){
    console.log( "change " + i );

Is there any workaround / way to make this work?

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The simplest way:

  1. Right-click your script and choose Run <my script>.js
  2. Edit your txt file and then hit Ctrl+S
  3. See the result in Run Tool window
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That works for the very first change, but subsequent changes don't trigger the filewatcher anymore – wolframhempel Jun 6 '13 at 11:34
works for me - all changes trigger the watcher (if I keep it running, of course) – lena Jun 6 '13 at 13:47
Hm. On mac or windows? This seems to be a mac only problem. Also are you using IntelliJ or Webstorm? – wolframhempel Jun 6 '13 at 20:28

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