An API for building higher-level node package managers (such as Ender)
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A collection of tools for building package managers.

pakmanager is an example (but fully functional) package manager.

Given a directory with a package.json, pakman can give you back concatonated normalized scripts that will run with a custom module loader - such as in the browser.


  • alternate dependency lists - searches in this order:
    • package.json.ender.dependencies
    • package.json.enderDependencies
    • package.json.browserDependencies
    • package.json.dependencies
  • modulename aliasing - normalizes local requires as 'mymodule/submodule' or 'myprovidesalias/submodule'
    • package.json.provides


git clone git://
cd node-pakman/tests
ls ../test_modules/foomodule/
node test-compile-local ../test_modules/foomodule/


In order to make debugging (and extension) simpler, every API function is in it's own file in lib and contains and point-and-shoot test in test.


Each module object looks something like this:

    "package": "foomodule-browser",           // npm name
    "name": "corge",
    "pathname": ".",                          // relative to package.json.lib
    "filename": "corge.js",
    "require": "../corge",                    // how this module was required by its parent
    "modulepath": "foomodule-browser/corge",
    "providespath": "foomodule/corge",        // where package.json.provides is 'foomodule'
    "requires": [

    "scriptSource": "(function () {\n  \"use strict\";\n\n  require('./foo');\n  require('bar');\n\n}());\n",

    "dependencyList": [ ... ], // other modules, ordered (by line number)
    "dependencyTree": { ... }, // other modules, mapped by modulepath

    // in the case that it is known the module cannot be found
    "error": {
        "stack": "Error: Couldn't find \"./doesnt-exist\"\n    at onDirRead (./lib/get-script.js:50:18)",
        "message": "Couldn't find \"./doesnt-exist\""


All API methods are attached to the pakman object.

var pakman = require('pakman')



Given a module path, and a render function, compiles all of the local dependencies (pre-normalized).

var compile = require('./lib/compile').compile
  , fs = require('fs')

function render(module) {
  return ''
    + '\n' + '// module: ' + module.modulepath + ' as ' + module.providespath
    + '\n' + '(function () {'
    + '\n' + module.scriptSource 
    + '\n' + '}());'
    + '\n' + // footer'
    + '\n

function writeOut(err, compiled) {
  fs.writeFile('app.js', 'utf8');

compile('/path/to/some/module', render, writeOut);

TODO: Provide package info and allow async rendering: function render(pkg, module, fn)


Given a module path, makes the module package-ready - hands you back everything you need to template the dependency with your own packag system.

var makePackageReady = require('./lib/make-package-ready').makePackageReady

function handlePackageComponents(error, pkg, missing, unlisted, unused, local, pm, builtin) {
  // error{} - couldn't read package.json, etc
  // pkg{} - the package.json info
  // missing[] - local files referenced, but not found
  // unlisted[] - npm modules referenced, but not in package.json
  // unused[] - npm modules in package.json, but not references
  // local[] - all local modules, ordered as they would need to be listed in a browser package
  // pm[] - all package-managed (npm) modules
  // builtin[] - builtin modules (such as `window`, `document`, etc in the browser, or `Buffer` in node)

// the directory must contain a `package.json`
makePackage('/path/to/some/module', handlePackageComponents);

Found in lib/make-package-ready.js


  • sort-tree-by-types
  • reduce-tree
  • get-package-tree
  • normalize-package-dependencies
  • normalize-script-requires


Given a module path, gives the parsed package.json with normalized main and lib (both will exist).

var getPackageInfo = require('./lib/get-package-info').getPackageInfo

function handlePackageInfo(error, pkg) {
  // error{} - couldn't read package.json, wrong permissions, etc
  // pkg{} - the normalized package.json info

getPackageInfo('/path/to/some/module', handlePackageInfo);

API Call Graph

  • compile
    • make-package-ready
      • normalize-package-dependencies
      • normalize-script-requires
      • reduce-tree
      • sort-tree-by-types
        • get-npm-package-info
          • get-package-info
      • get-package-tree
        • get-package-info
        • get-module-tree
          • get-module-leaf
            • get-requires
            • get-script
              • get-file
    • get-npm-tree
      • get-npm-package-info
      • get-package-info