I’ve used Hugo for my blog for several years now, and it’s great. One of the things I love about it is the fast build time coupled with it’s live-reload feature. Using this I can edit my source (Markdown or Asciidoc) in one window, hit save, and see the preview update in my browser window next to it pretty much instantaneously. For copy-editing, experimenting with images, etc this is really helpful.
😭 But then it stopped working.
🤔 Running Hugo on my M1 MacBookPro it would build and serve the site locally, but if I changed a file it wouldn’t get detected, let alone re-built.
Various Google hits were either old, irrelevant, or dead-ends. And then I thought…what else has changed?
💡 Docker. Or rather, not Docker.
I run Hugo with Docker because it’s self-contained, reproducable, portable, and all those good things:
docker run --rm -it \ -v $(pwd):/src \ -p 1313:1313 \ klakegg/hugo:0.105.0-asciidoctor-onbuild \ server --buildFuture --buildDrafts
And the one thing that had changed was that I’d moved from running Docker Desktop to Orbstack. Until now I’d not noticed a single difference—it’s the same
docker CLI commands as before, it’s just not Docker Desktop.
👉 Switching back to Docker Desktop and re-running Hugo resolved the issue. My changes are now being detected automagically and rebuilt:
Change detected, rebuilding site. 2023-11-16 16:33:59.561 +0000 Source changed WRITE "/src/content/post/lafs01e05.md" Total in 163 ms
I found this issue but it says it’s fixed in OrbStack 0.8, and I’m running 1.1.0. This issue is more recent but not directly relevant from what I can see.
💡 I’ve logged this issue: Hugo does not detect changed files when run under OrbStack; works fine with Docker Desktop #797