Monitor files for changes

runs on Mac
screenshot of FileMonitor

It's important to know what's in your files. After all, if you don't know what's in there, it's probably not worth having. Sometimes, though, it's not just the contents of the file, but the fact that there's been a change to it. Take log files, for example. If you're interested in what's happening on your system, you might want to keep an eye on when big-deal events are written back to the system log. If you don't want to just sit there and wait until something happens—not your most productive use of time to be sure—maybe you should use a tool that can keep an eye on things for you.

FileMonitor is an app that sits there and just waits for things to happen. Point it at your system log file or any of the other status-y files on your system, and it will tell you when there's been a change; that is, some event has happened that warranted writing an entry back to that file. Or if you prefer, you can point it at a folder—maybe a dropbox on your FTP server—to let you know when files have been added to that folder. Either way, you can go about your business while this tool keeps an eye on things for you.

FileMonitor is a free download for your Mac.

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