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Node.js: extra methods for the fs object like copy(), remove(), mkdirs()

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Node.js: fs-extra

fs-extra

adds file system methods that aren't included in the native

fs

module and adds promise support to the

fs

methods. It also uses [

graceful-fs

](https://github.com/isaacs/node-graceful-fs) to prevent

EMFILE

errors. It should be a drop in replacement for

fs

.

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Why?

I got tired of including

mkdirp

,

rimraf

, and

ncp

in most of my projects.

Installation

npm install fs-extra

Usage

fs-extra

is a drop in replacement for native

fs

. All methods in

fs

are attached to

fs-extra

. All

fs

methods return promises if the callback isn't passed.

You don't ever need to include the original

fs

module again:

const fs = require('fs') // this is no longer necessary

you can now do this:

const fs = require('fs-extra')

or if you prefer to make it clear that you're using

fs-extra

and not

fs

, you may want to name your

fs

variable

fse

like so:

const fse = require('fs-extra')

you can also keep both, but it's redundant:

const fs = require('fs') const fse = require('fs-extra')

Sync vs Async vs Async/Await

Most methods are async by default. All async methods will return a promise if the callback isn't passed.

Sync methods on the other hand will throw if an error occurs.

Also Async/Await will throw an error if one occurs.

Example:

const fs = require('fs-extra') // Async with promises: fs.copy('/tmp/myfile', '/tmp/mynewfile') .then(() =\> console.log('success!')) .catch(err =\> console.error(err)) // Async with callbacks: fs.copy('/tmp/myfile', '/tmp/mynewfile', err =\> { if (err) return console.error(err) console.log('success!') }) // Sync: try { fs.copySync('/tmp/myfile', '/tmp/mynewfile') console.log('success!') } catch (err) { console.error(err) } // Async/Await: async function copyFiles () { try { await fs.copy('/tmp/myfile', '/tmp/mynewfile') console.log('success!') } catch (err) { console.error(err) } } copyFiles()

Methods

Async

Sync

NOTE: You can still use the native Node.js methods. They are promisified and copied over to

fs-extra

. See [notes on

fs.read()

,

fs.write()

, &

fs.writev()

](https://github.com/jprichardson/node-fs-extra/blob/master/docs/fs-read-write-writev.md)

What happened to

walk()

and

walkSync()

?

They were removed from

fs-extra

in v2.0.0. If you need the functionality,

walk

and

walkSync

are available as separate packages, [

klaw

](https://github.com/jprichardson/node-klaw) and [

klaw-sync

](https://github.com/manidlou/node-klaw-sync).

Third Party

CLI

fse-cli allows you to run

fs-extra

from a console or from npm scripts.

TypeScript

If you like TypeScript, you can use

fs-extra

with it: https://github.com/DefinitelyTyped/DefinitelyTyped/tree/master/types/fs-extra

File / Directory Watching

If you want to watch for changes to files or directories, then you should use chokidar.

Obtain Filesystem (Devices, Partitions) Information

fs-filesystem allows you to read the state of the filesystem of the host on which it is run. It returns information about both the devices and the partitions (volumes) of the system.

Misc.

Hacking on fs-extra

Wanna hack on

fs-extra

? Great! Your help is needed! fs-extra is one of the most depended upon Node.js packages. This project uses JavaScript Standard Style - if the name or style choices bother you, you're gonna have to get over it :) If

standard

is good enough for

npm

, it's good enough for

fs-extra

.

js-standard-style

What's needed? - First, take a look at existing issues. Those are probably going to be where the priority lies. - More tests for edge cases. Specifically on different platforms. There can never be enough tests. - Improve test coverage. See coveralls output for more info.

Note: If you make any big changes, you should definitely file an issue for discussion first.

Running the Test Suite

fs-extra contains hundreds of tests.

  • npm run lint
    : runs the linter (standard)
  • npm run unit
    : runs the unit tests
  • npm test
    : runs both the linter and the tests

Windows

If you run the tests on the Windows and receive a lot of symbolic link

EPERM

permission errors, it's because on Windows you need elevated privilege to create symbolic links. You can add this to your Windows's account by following the instructions here: http://superuser.com/questions/104845/permission-to-make-symbolic-links-in-windows-7 However, I didn't have much luck doing this.

Since I develop on Mac OS X, I use VMWare Fusion for Windows testing. I create a shared folder that I map to a drive on Windows. I open the

Node.js command prompt

and run as

Administrator

. I then map the network drive running the following command:

net use z: "\\vmware-host\Shared Folders"

I can then navigate to my

fs-extra

directory and run the tests.

Naming

I put a lot of thought into the naming of these functions. Inspired by @coolaj86's request. So he deserves much of the credit for raising the issue. See discussion(s) here:

First, I believe that in as many cases as possible, the Node.js naming schemes should be chosen. However, there are problems with the Node.js own naming schemes.

For example,

fs.readFile()

and

fs.readdir()

: the F is capitalized in File and the d is not capitalized in dir. Perhaps a bit pedantic, but they should still be consistent. Also, Node.js has chosen a lot of POSIX naming schemes, which I believe is great. See:

fs.mkdir()

,

fs.rmdir()

,

fs.chown()

, etc.

We have a dilemma though. How do you consistently name methods that perform the following POSIX commands:

cp

,

cp -r

,

mkdir -p

, and

rm -rf

?

My perspective: when in doubt, err on the side of simplicity. A directory is just a hierarchical grouping of directories and files. Consider that for a moment. So when you want to copy it or remove it, in most cases you'll want to copy or remove all of its contents. When you want to create a directory, if the directory that it's suppose to be contained in does not exist, then in most cases you'll want to create that too.

So, if you want to remove a file or a directory regardless of whether it has contents, just call

fs.remove(path)

. If you want to copy a file or a directory whether it has contents, just call

fs.copy(source, destination)

. If you want to create a directory regardless of whether its parent directories exist, just call

fs.mkdirs(path)

or

fs.mkdirp(path)

.

Credit

fs-extra

wouldn't be possible without using the modules from the following authors:

License

Licensed under MIT

Copyright (c) 2011-2017 JP Richardson

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