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spawn() that returns a duplex stream and emits errors with stderr data on non-zero exit codes

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Spawn commands returning a duplex stream. Emit stderr when the command exits with a non-zero code.

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var run = require('commandante');
run('git', [ 'log' ]).pipe(process.stdout);

in a git directory we get:

$ node example/log.js | head -n3
commit ae5045cce4980a87b7151cfe91bc5889951aae39
Author: James Halliday <>
Date:   Tue Oct 2 09:08:18 2012 -0700

in a non-git directory we get:

        throw arguments[1]; // Unhandled 'error' event
Error: non-zero exit code 128: fatal: Not a git repository (or any of the parent directories): .git

    at ChildProcess.<anonymous> (/home/substack/projects/comandante/index.js:19:27)
    at ChildProcess.EventEmitter.emit (events.js:91:17)
    at maybeClose (child_process.js:634:16)
    at Socket.ChildProcess.spawn.stdin (child_process.js:805:11)
    at Socket.EventEmitter.emit (events.js:88:17)
    at Socket._destroy.destroyed (net.js:358:10)
    at process.startup.processNextTick.process._tickCallback (node.js:244:9)


var commandante = require('commandante')

commandante(cmd, args, opts={})

Spawn a new process like require('child_process').spawn(), except the return value is a duplex stream combiningstdoutandstdin`.

If the process exits with a non-zero status, emit an 'error' event with the stderr data and the code in an informative message.

If opts.showCommand is not false, show the actual command in the informative error message. If you are running a command with passwords in the command arguments make sure to set showCommand to false.


With npm do:

npm install comandante



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