This is used to power the auto_test() and auto_test_package() functions which are used to rerun tests whenever source code changes.

watch(path, callback, pattern = NULL, hash = TRUE)

Arguments

path

character vector of paths to watch. Omit trailing backslash.

callback

function called everytime a change occurs. It should have three parameters: added, deleted, modified, and should return TRUE to keep watching, or FALSE to stop.

pattern

file pattern passed to dir()

hash

hashes are more accurate at detecting changes, but are slower for large files. When FALSE, uses modification time stamps

Details

Use Ctrl + break (windows), Esc (mac gui) or Ctrl + C (command line) to stop the watcher.