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Fix missing READMEs on core package detail pages #17868

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daviwil commented Aug 15, 2018

Description of the Change

This change fixes atom/settings-view#1069 which reports that README file information is no longer displayed on core package detail pages in the Settings view, like that of the About package. It turns out that this issue was introduced in Atom 1.21.0 by the reintroduction of ASAR packaging (#14682). When we package Atom's node_modules folder into the ASAR file, we exclude files with certain file extensions:

'node_modules' + escapeRegExp(path.sep) + '.*' + '\\.md$',

This change removes the exclusion of .md files from the ASAR files so that and files are now available for the package details page to display.

Alternate Designs

README information is read from files contained within package folders so this is the only solution.

Why Should This Be In Core?

It affects how core package details are displayed in


READMEs for for core Atom packages are now displayed in the Settings view.

Possible Drawbacks

Marginally increased ASAR size by including core package .md files.

Verification Process

  • Verify that README for core packages are now visible after this change
  • Verify that license details for core package are displayed after this change

Screenshot of about package README displayed in Atom after this change:


Applicable Issues


Fix missing READMEs on core package detail pages
Fixes atom/settings-view#1069

Co-Authored-By: Tilde Ann Thurium <>

@daviwil daviwil merged commit a03aac7 into master Aug 16, 2018

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