accum

accum - Simple write stream which accumulates or collects the data from a stream. Pipe your stream into this to get all the data as buffer, string, or raw array. (streams2)

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accum

Simple write stream which accumulates or collects the data from a stream. Pipe your stream into this to get all the data as buffer, string, or raw array. (streams2)

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Installation

npm install accum

Usage

accum provides several factory methods for use:

  • The default automatic method - accum([options], listenerFn) constructs a write stream which checks if the first chunk is a Buffer and if so returns a concatenated Buffer of all the data, otherwise if it is a string then returns a concatenated string, otherwise returns a raw array. The listenerFn signature is function(alldata). The listenerFn is called after all the data is received just prior to the end event being emitted. The options parameter can be omitted.
var accum = require('accum');
rstream
  .pipe(accum(function (alldata) {
    // use the accumulated data - alldata will be Buffer, string, or []
  }));

For a more deterministic result use one of the following:

  • accum.buffer([options], listenerFn) - constructs a write stream which converts everything into a Buffer, concatenates, and calls the listenerFn with the buffer. The listenerFn signature is function(buffer). The listenerFn is called after all the data is received just prior to the end event being emitted. The options parameter can be omitted.
var accum = require('accum');
rstream
  .pipe(accum.buffer(function (buffer) {
    // use the accumulated data - buffer which is a Buffer
  }));
  • accum.string([options], listenerFn) - constructs a write stream which concatenates everything into a string. Buffer data is converted to string using the optional encoding which defaults to 'utf8'. Other data is simply converted using .toString(). The listenerFn signature is function(string). The listenerFn is called after all the data is received just prior to the end event being emitted. The options parameter can be omitted.
var accum = require('accum');
rstream
  .pipe(accum.string({ encoding: 'utf8'}, function (string) {
    // use the accumulated data - string which is a utf8 string
  }));
  • accum.array([options], listenerFn) - constructs a write stream which concatenates everything into an array without any conversion, which the listenerFn receives the accumulated data on end. The listenerFn signature is function(arr). The listenerFn is called after all the data is received just prior to the end event being emitted. The options parameter can be omitted.
var accum = require('accum');
rstream
  .pipe(accum.array(function (array) {
    // use the accumulated data - array which is a raw unconverted array of data chunks
  }));

Error handling

Node.js stream.pipe does not forward errors and neither do many pass-through stream implementations so the recommended way to catch errors is either to attach error handlers at each stream or to use domains.

 var d = domain.create();
    d.on('error', handleAllErrors);
    d.run(function() {
      rstream.pipe(accum(function (alldata) {
        // use alldata
      });
    });

Goals

  • Easy to use write stream which accumulates the data from a stream
  • uses streams2 functionality from node 0.10+ but is backwards compatible with node 0.8
  • Ability to automatically adapt to type of first data packet or coerce the data to a particular format
  • Ability to receive just the raw array of data chunks
  • Tested with binary data

Why

Rather than manually accumulating streams, put all the best practices into this one module. There are subtle errors that can occur if utf8 strings happen to be split in the middle of a character, so conversion and concatenation needs to be done properly.

There were several existing projects that also accumululate in slightly different ways:

Tested with Node versions

  • 0.8
  • 0.10
  • 0.11

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