Gradle daemon should monitor dependencies and directories for changes continuously

One of the major complaints I hear about gradle is it is too slow and ant was much faster. In a big project when you type “gradle classes”, it does take a long time to check for java class/dependency changes.

For example, with zero java classes or dependency changes:

philswenson@zoso:~/dev/sag/opt (develop)$ time g classes
...bunch of init stuff...
:applications:mws-bam-ccs-engine:compileJava UP-TO-DATE
:applications:mws-bam-ccs-engine:processResources UP-TO-DATE
:applications:mws-bam-ccs-engine:classes UP-TO-DATE
:modules:bam-ccs-util:compileJava UP-TO-DATE
.... bunch more module state checks
  Total time: 1 mins 2.832 secs
  real 1m3.249s
user 0m1.694s
sys 0m0.163s

1 min 3secs… that’s a lot of time to do nothing. And my machine is probably 3-4x faster than our average dev machine in our shop.

So my idea is maybe a background process (in the daemon) that monitors all the projects and dependencies so all the analysis is up-to-date?

Thanks for the request. It’s indeed a planned feature.