If you are a developer (or just want to use python to interact with your watchers and tasks) here are some ways that you can do that.

Instantiate a Watcher

Let’s say we have a watcher named “watcher” in the default base at $HOME/.watchme. We can instantiate it easily (this is from an interactive Python terminal):

from watchme import get_watcher
watcher = get_watcher('watcher')
# [watcher|watcher]


You can check the tasks that the watcher has:

active  = false

url  =
active  = true
type  = urls

or for a specific task:

url  =
active  = true
type  = urls

or use a list to inspect more than one.

Get tasks

You can get a task instance by asking for it by name:

task = watcher.get_task('task-harvard-hpc')

If the task doesn’t exist, or isn’t valid, you’ll get an error message and None will be returned. You can also ask for all tasks that the watcher has, that are valid:

tasks = watcher.get_tasks()
Found 1 contender tasks.

Run a task

To run a task manually, you can either run all tasks from the watcher (done with multiprocessing):

And when you do this, the watcher’s repository will be updated with data and the running timestamp. If you want to run a task and return a result without updating / interacting with the watcher, just run the task directly:

Get function to run it

To hand the task off to multiprocessing, we need to hand over a function, and a set of variables to provide to it. You can do this with two functions:

params = task.export_params()
func = task.export_func(**params)

The export_func function should take all of the (exploded) params.

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Export Data

Let’s say that we want to export data for a particular task. First, initialize the watcher. Here is watcher watchme-air-quality:

from watchme import get_watcher
watcher = get_watcher('watchme-air-quality')

Next, export based on a task and a file in the folder:

watcher.export_dataframe('task-air-oakland', 'oakland.txt')
git log --all --oneline --pretty=tformat:"%H" --grep "ADD results" cca3c4eb84d9c38527ec93a9a620bfab07d798f2..86ba4c775fab86ea47d3b96b4477d4aaf6bdde83 -- task-air-oakland/oakland.txt

The command shown is how to get the list of commits that are relevant for your task and file. Notice how we filter to the git message to ADD results, which is used when we add results.

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