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guard - Man Page

Guard keeps an eye on your file modifications.


Guard is a command line tool to easily handle events on file system modifications.





Starts Guard. This is the default command if none is provided.

The following options are available:

-c, --clear Clears the Shell after each change.

-n, --notify FLAG Disable notifications (Growl or Libnotify depending on your system). Notifications can be disabled globally by setting a GUARD_NOTIFY environment variable to false. FLAG can be true/false or t/f.

-g, --group GROUP1 GROUP2... Scopes the Guard actions to the groups specified by GROUP1, GROUP2, etc. Group names should be separated by spaces. Plugins that don´t belong to a group are considered global and are always run.

-P, --plugin PLUGIN1 PLUGIN2... Scopes the Guard actions to the plugins specified by PLUGIN1, PLUGIN2, etc. Plugin names should be separated by spaces.

-d, --debug Runs Guard in debug mode.

-w, --watchdir PATH Tells Guard to watch PATH instead of ./.

-G, --guardfile FILE Tells Guard to use FILE as its Guardfile instead of ./Guardfile or ~/.Guardfile.

-i, --no-interactions Turn off completely any Guard terminal interactions.

-B, --no-bundler-warning Turn off warning when Bundler is not present.

-l, --latency Overwrite Listen´s default latency.

-p, --force-polling Force usage of the Listen polling listener.

-y, --wait-for-delay Overwrite Listen´s default wait_for_delay, useful for kate-like editors through ssh access.

init [GUARDS]

If no Guardfile is present in the current directory, creates an empty Guardfile.

If GUARDS are present, add their default Guardfile configuration to the current Guardfile. Note that GUARDS is a list of the Guard plugin names without the guard- prefix. For instance to initialize guard-rspec, run guard init rspec.


Lists Guard plugins that can be used with the init command.

-T, show

List defined groups and Guard plugins for the current Guardfile.

-h, help [COMMAND]

List all of Guard´s available commands.

If COMMAND is given, displays a specific help for TASK.


Initialize Guard and a specific Guard plugin at the same time:

[bundle exec] guard init [rspec]

Run Guard:

[bundle exec] guard [start] --watchdir ~/dev --guardfile ~/env/Guardfile --clear --group backend frontend --notify false --debug

or in a more concise way:

[bundle exec] guard [start] -w ~/dev -G ~/env/Guardfile -c -g backend frontend -n f -d

Authors / Contributors

Thibaud Guillaume-Gentil is the main author.

A list of contributors based on all commits can be found here: https://github.com/guard/guard/contributors


The changelog can be found at: https://github.com/guard/guard/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md

This manual has been written by Remy Coutable.




November 2014