grunt-link

Grunt task to handle the linking of local dependencies

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grunt-link

Grunt task to handle the linking of local dependencies.

Use Case

This task is useful if you have a large app and instead of requiring directories directly that should be their own module you can now develop your modules independently and link them using this task.

This allows you to develop as if it were its own module and if you ever decide to publish your modules you just have to change your package.json and your code does not have to change.

This also allows you develop your modules in isolation with their own respective dependencies and tests.

For example assume you have an app of the following structure.

my-node-app
    -models
        -package.json
    -logger
        -package.json
    -config
        -package.json
    -routes
        -package.json        
    -webapp
        -package.json

You could develop each module in isolation and link them.

Getting Started

Install this grunt plugin next to your project's grunt.js gruntfile with: npm install grunt-link

Then add this line to your project's grunt.js gruntfile:

grunt.loadNpmTasks('grunt-link');

Documentation

In each modules package.json add a linkDependencies array which is an array of local modules that need to be linked.


{
    "name": "my-module",
    "version" : "0.0.1",
    "linkDependencies": [
        "module-a", 
        "module-b", 
        "module-c"
       ]
}

To run from the command line you can run grunt link which will link your modules.

Cyclic Dependencies

When running grunt link will determine the link order of your modules, if it detects cyclic dependencies while determining the link order then it will produce an error.

To prevent the warning for a single module you can add ! to the beginning of the dependency name in the linkDependencies array.


{
    "name": "my-module",
    "version" : "0.0.1",
    "linkDependencies": [
        "!module-a", 
        "module-b", 
        "module-c"
    ]
}

Note you will not be able to directly require the module you will have to require lazily.

ignoreCyclic default false

To prevent this default behavior you can add the following to your grunt.js file.


grunt.initConfig({
    link : {
        ignoreCyclic : true
    }
});

dir

By default grunt-link will look for modules in the same directory as your grunt.js file if you wish to link modules in another directory you can add the following to your grunt.js file.

grunt.initConfig({
    link : {
        dir : "location/of/your/modules"
    }
});

Note dir is relative to to grunt.js file.

install default true

grunt-link will run npm install on each linked module if you wish to just link your modules you can set this option to false.

grunt.initConfig({
    link : {
        install : false
    }
});

clean default true

grunt-link will by default remove the node_modules directory to prevent this set clean to false.

grunt.initConfig({
    link : {
        clean : false
    }
});

Contributing

In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using grunt.

Release History

2012-12-30 v0.0.1 Initial release.

License

Copyright (c) 2012 Doug Martin
Licensed under the MIT license.

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