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WATCH(1)		      Linux Users Manual		     WATCH(1)

       watch - execute a program periodically, showing output fullscreen

       watch [-dhvt] [-n seconds] [--differences[=cumulative]] [--help]
       [--interval=seconds] [--no-title] [--version] command

       watch runs command repeatedly, displaying its output (the first screen
       full).  This allows you to watch the program output change over time.
       By default, the program is run every 2 seconds; use -n or --interval to
       specify a different interval.

       The -d or --differences flag will highlight the differences between
       successive updates.  The --cumulative option makes highlighting
       "sticky", presenting a running display of all positions that have ever
       changed.  The -t or --no-title option turns off the header showing the
       interval, command, and current time at the top of the display, as well
       as the following blank line.

       watch will run until interrupted.

       Note that command is given to "sh -c" which means that you may need to
       use extra quoting to get the desired effect.

       Note that POSIX option processing is used (i.e., option processing
       stops at the first non-option argument).  This means that flags after
       command dont get interpreted by watch itself.

       To watch for mail, you might do

	      watch -n 60 from

       To watch the contents of a directory change, you could use

	      watch -d ls -l

       If youre only interested in files owned by user joe, you might use

	      watch -d ls -l | fgrep joe

       To see the effects of quoting, try these out

	      watch echo $$
	      watch echo $$
	      watch echo ""$$""

       You can watch for your administrator to install the latest kernel with

	      watch uname -r

       (Just kidding.)

       Upon terminal resize, the screen will not be correctly repainted until
       the next scheduled update.  All --differences highlighting is lost on
       that update as well.

       Non-printing characters are stripped from program output.  Use "cat -v"
       as part of the command pipeline if you want to see them.

       The original watch was written by Tony Rems  in
       1991, with mods and corrections by Francois Pinard.  It was reworked
       and new features added by Mike Coleman  in 1999.

				  1999 Apr 3			      WATCH(1)

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