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resolveIt

A highly configurable file resolver

Summary

Given a searchPath, and various options, return a resolved path.

Works on the same principle as node's require.resolve method does, however, it is far more configurable and does not assume any particular structure. (i.e: you have to give it the structure to search).

Installation

npm install resolveit

Usage

var resolveIt = require('resolveit'),
    path;

try {
    path = resolveIt.sync('foo', __dirname, {
        prefix: 'node_modules',
        index: ['index', 'main'],
        extension: ['js', 'node']
    });
}
catch (error) {
    console.log(error);
}

console.log('Found \'foo\' in \'' + path + '\'');

Public API

resolveIt.sync(search, [basedir], [options])

Will return a string (or an array of strings if options.findAll is true). Will throw an Error if the search can not be found (unless options.silent is true).

Takes the following arguments:

  • search a string, the name, or subpath, you want to find
  • basedir a string, or an array of strings, of the directories you want to start searching from.
  • options an object with one or more of the following properties:
    • basedir a string, or an array of strings, as above. (Replaces the basedir argument above.)
    • prefix a string, or an array of strings, of sub-directory paths to append to the basedir path (i.e: 'node_modules').
    • index a string, or an array of strings, possible directory index base-names to try (i.e: 'index', or ['index', 'main']).
    • extension a string, or an array of strings, possible file extensions to try (i.e: 'js').
    • packages an array of strings, or an object with package file names as property names and functions as values (see below).
    • findAll a boolean, return all found paths. Default false.
    • directories a boolean, match on directories. Default false.
    • silent a boolean, silently fail (don't throw an exception). Default false.

Note: basedir defaults to the directory of the calling method's file path, or process.cwd() if that can not be determined.

Packages

The packages option allows you specify which file names should be treated as package files.

If given an Array of package names, the default is to treat the file as a JSON file and return the main property joined with the found file's directory path.

// Default package reader behavior

path = resolveIt.sync('foo', __dirname, {
    prefix: 'node_modules',
    index: ['index', 'main', 'package'],
    extension: ['js', 'json'],
    packages: ['package.json']
});

If given an Object with properties as package names and their values as functions, the function will be passed the file path and is expected to return the actual path to find the file. If a false-like value is returned, it moves on to the next possible path.

// Custom package reader

path = resolveIt.sync('foo', __dirname, {
    prefix: 'node_modules',
    index: ['index', 'main', 'package'],
    extension: ['js', 'txt'],
    packages: {
        'package.txt': function (pkgpath) {
            // read the file and return what would be the correct path
            // i.e:
            var Path = require('path'),
                FS = require('fs'),
                filepath;

            filepath = FS.readFileSync(pkgpath, 'utf8').split(/\n/)[0];

            return filepath ? Path.join(Path.dirname(pkgpath), filepath) : false;
        }
    }
});

Internal API

resolveIt.directoryFromStack([startPath])

Using an error stack, try to determine the calling directory. If passed the optional startPath parameter, use that to determine where to start looking in the stack trace.

resolveIt.explode(path)

Takes a path, as a string, and explodes it into an array of ascending directories.

resolveIt.explode('a/b/c'); // => [ 'a/b/c', 'a/b', 'a', '.' ]

resolveIt.traverse(search, [options], callback)

Does the underlying work of building all possible search paths calling callback with each path. If the callback returns true, then the search will stop, otherwise it will continue on to the next path.search and options are the same as resolveIt.sync's arguments, with the exception that options.basedir is presumed to be defined as a string, or an array of strings.

resolveIt.traverse('d', { 
    basedir: 'a/b',
    extension: 'js',
    prefix: 'node_modules',
    index: 'index'
}, function (path) {
    console.log('// ' + path);
    return false;
});
// would generate the following results:
// a/b/d/e
// a/b/d/e.js
// a/b/d/e/index
// a/b/d/e/index.js
// a/b/d/node_modules/e
// a/b/d/node_modules/e.js
// a/b/d/node_modules/e/index
// a/b/d/node_modules/e/index.js
// a/d/e
// a/d/e.js
// a/d/e/index
// a/d/e/index.js
// a/d/node_modules/e
// a/d/node_modules/e.js
// a/d/node_modules/e/index
// a/d/node_modules/e/index.js
// d/e
// d/e.js
// d/e/index
// d/e/index.js
// d/node_modules/e
// d/node_modules/e.js
// d/node_modules/e/index
// d/node_modules/e/index.js

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License

Copyright (c) 2014 Jerry Hamlet jerry@hamletink.com

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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