WATCH(1)                         User Commands                        WATCH(1)

       watch - execute a program periodically, showing output fullscreen

       watch [options] command

       watch runs command repeatedly, displaying its output and errors (the
       first screenfull).  This allows you to watch the program output change
       over time.  By default, command is run every 2 seconds and watch will
       run until interrupted.

       -d, --differences [permanent]
              Highlight the differences between successive updates.  Option
              will read optional argument that changes highlight to be
              permanent, allowing to see what has changed at least once since
              first iteration.

       -n, --interval seconds
              Specify update interval.  The command will not allow quicker
              than 0.1 second interval, in which the smaller values are
              converted. Both '.' and ',' work for any locales.

       -p, --precise
              Make watch attempt to run command every interval seconds. Try it
              with ntptime and notice how the fractional seconds stays
              (nearly) the same, as opposed to normal mode where they
              continuously increase.

       -t, --no-title
              Turn off the header showing the interval, command, and current
              time at the top of the display, as well as the following blank

       -b, --beep
              Beep if command has a non-zero exit.

       -e, --errexit
              Freeze updates on command error, and exit after a key press.

       -g, --chgexit
              Exit when the output of command changes.

       -c, --color
              Interpret ANSI color and style sequences.

       -x, --exec
              Pass command to exec(2) instead of sh -c which reduces the need
              to use extra quoting to get the desired effect.

       -h, --help
              Display help text and exit.

       -v, --version
              Display version information and exit.

              0      Success.
              1      Various failures.
              2      Forking the process to watch failed.
              3      Replacing child process stdout with write side pipe
              4      Command execution failed.
              5      Closing child process write pipe failed.
              7      IPC pipe creation failed.
              8      Getting child process return value with waitpid(2)
                     failed, or command exited up on error.
              other  The watch will propagate command exit status as child
                     exit status.
       POSIX option processing is used (i.e., option processing stops at the
       first non-option argument).  This means that flags after command don't
       get interpreted by watch itself.
       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.

       Combining Characters that are supposed to display on the character at
       the last column on the screen may display one column early, or they may
       not display at all.

       Combining Characters never count as different in --differences mode.
       Only the base character counts.

       Blank lines directly after a line which ends in the last column do not

       --precise mode doesn't yet have advanced temporal distortion technology
       to compensate for a command that takes more than interval seconds to
       execute.  watch also can get into a state where it rapid-fires as many
       executions of command as it can to catch up from a previous executions
       running longer than interval (for example, netstat taking ages on a DNS
       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 you're 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 "'"'$$'"'"
       To see the effect of precision time keeping, try adding -p to
              watch -n 10 sleep 1
       You can watch for your administrator to install the latest kernel with
              watch uname -r
       (Note that -p isn't guaranteed to work across reboots, especially in
       the face of ntpdate or other bootup time-changing mechanisms)

procps-ng                         2018-03-03                          WATCH(1)