nlf

Find licenses for a node application and its node_module dependencies

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nlf is a utility for attempting to identify the licenses of modules in a node.js project.

It looks for license information in package.json, readme and license files in the project. Please note, in many cases the utility is looking for standard strings in these files, such as MIT, BSD, Apache, GPL etc - this is not error free, so if you have any concerns at all about the accuracy of the results, you will need to perform a detailed manual review of the project and its dependencies, reading all terms of any included or referenced license.

Use

nlf can be used programatically, or from the command line.

CLI

To install:

$ npm install -g nlf

To use:

$ cd my-module
$ nlf

Example output:

commander@0.6.1 [license(s): MIT]
└── readme files: MIT

read-installed@0.2.2 [license(s): BSD]
└── license files: BSD

glob@3.2.3 [license(s): BSD]
├── package.json:  BSD
└── license files: BSD

archy@0.0.2 [license(s): MIT/X11]
└── package.json:  MIT/X11

json-stringify-safe@5.0.0 [license(s): BSD]
├── package.json:  BSD
└── license files: BSD

should@1.2.2 [license(s): MIT]
└── readme files: MIT

For output in CSV format use the -c (or --csv) switch:

$ cd my-module
$ nlf -c

To exclude development dependences and only analyze dependencies for production:

$ cd my-module
$ nlf -d

Programatically

var nlf = require('nlf');

var results = nlf.find('/User/me/my-project', function (err, data) {
    // do something with the response object.
    console.log(JSON.stringify(data));
});

I will document the response object at some point, but it should be fairly straight forward.

Note, if you run nlf programatically having installed it locally, it will find various spurious false positives from its own test data. So exclude the results from the nlf record.

Tests

To run the npm unit tests, install development dependencies and run tests with 'npm test' or 'make'.

$ cd nlf
$ npm install
$ npm test

If you contribute to the project, tests are written in mocha, using should.js or the node.js assert module.

License

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2013 Ian Kelly

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 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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