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Watch: periodically run a command


Watch is a command line utility that executes a command periodically, showing its output. This is incredibly useful for continuously building a project during development. As I usually use make for building my projects, I can run:

watch make

The default settings (interval 2 seconds) are quite optimal for this use case.

Watch is available by default on most Linux distributions and can be easily installed on Mac.


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