Thank you for your bug report, indeed that's an upstream bug which was fixed 
after .1 but before .3. The fix is in the current bionic version
The corresponding upstream bug is

** Bug watch added: GNOME Bug Tracker #790093

** Changed in: glib2.0 (Ubuntu)
       Status: Confirmed => Fix Released

** Also affects: glib via
   Importance: Unknown
       Status: Unknown

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  "gio monitor" does not work

Status in GLib:
Status in glib2.0 package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released

Bug description:
  # ls -l /etc/adduser.conf
  -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2981 Mar 11  2012 /etc/adduser.conf
  # gio monitor file:///etc/adduser.conf
  gio: No locations given

    gio monitor [OPTION…] [LOCATION...]

  Monitor files or directories for changes.

    -d, --dir=LOCATION        Monitor a directory (default: depends on type)
    -f, --file=LOCATION       Monitor a file (default: depends on type)
    -D, --direct=LOCATION     Monitor a file directly (notices changes made via 
    -s, --silent=LOCATION     Monitors a file directly, but doesn’t report 
    -n, --no-moves            Report moves and renames as simple 
deleted/created events
    -m, --mounts              Watch for mount events

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10
  Package: libglib2.0-bin 2.54.1-1ubuntu1
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.13.0-21.24-generic 4.13.13
  Uname: Linux 4.13.0-21-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.20.7-0ubuntu3.7
  Architecture: amd64
  Date: Fri Jan 12 14:29:42 2018
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2012-03-12 (2131 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Alpha amd64 
   PATH=(custom, no user)
  SourcePackage: glib2.0
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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