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Summit topic: Bootstrap of Node.js Core #147

joyeecheung opened this issue Feb 21, 2019 · 2 comments


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commented Feb 21, 2019

The bootstrap of Node.js had grown organically over the past few years, interleaving setup of globals, processing of CLI options and environment variables, and selection of execution mode across multiple files, both in JavaScript and in C++. This introduces difficulties for several efforts, e.g. V8 snapshot integration, better embedder API.

We recently started to refactor the bootstrap process with at least two goals in mind:

  1. Create a point where an environment-independent V8 snapshot can be captured.
  2. Makes it possible to execute JS scripts with a properly bootstrapped Node.js context from C++, so that we can create cctests for this kind of execution, and eventually deprecate _third_party_main (nodejs/node#24017).

In this session we will look into the general ideas behind the recent refactor, the current state of the bootstrap process, and discuss about work that needs to be done to achieve the goals mentioned above (or, if they are done by the time of the summit, just give an introduction about the internals and the principles that need to be followed when growing the bootstrap process).


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commented May 15, 2019

just documenting that this has been added to the working agenda, thank you!

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