stream-multiplexer

Pipe one stream in, many streams out. Goes as slow as the slowest writer.

npm install stream-multiplexer
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stream-multiplexer

Pipe one stream in, many streams out. Goes as slow as the slowest writer.

THE PROBLEM

If you are trying to pipe to a very fast stream, and also to a very slow stream, then every time the fast stream emits drain, it'll try to write another chunk.

Most of the time, you'd prefer that the reader goes no faster than the slowest writer can accomodate.

In Node v0.10, this is how it works. However, in Node v0.8 and before, any 'drain' event from any writer would cause the reader to emit more data.

Compounding the issue, in v0.8, writable streams usually emitted 'drain' after any flushed write(), even if it was immediately flushed, and already returned true!

In Node v0.10, this module simply exports the stream.PassThrough module. In Node v0.8 and before, it exports a streams1 style stream that behaves properly when piped to multiple differing-speed destinations.

If you know that your program will only be run in Node v0.10 and above, don't bother with this module.

USAGE

var SM = require('stream-multiplexer');
var sm = new SM;
var myStream = fs.createReadStream('some-file');

myStream.pipe(sm);
sm.pipe(fastWriter);
sm.pipe(slowWriter);
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