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    Architect project resource enumeration utility

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    Inventory is responsible for interpreting the configuration and shape of a given Architect project, validating its settings, and representing it in a consistent intermediate format.


    npm i @architect/inventory


    inventory(options[, callback]) → [Promise]

    Runs an inventory against your project. Must be passed an options object that may containing the following parameters:

    • cwd - String - Absolute file path of the project being inventoried
    • env - Boolean - Queries AWS infra to acquire environment variables for testing, staging, and production environments
    • layerValidation - Boolean (default true) - Opt into skipping Lambda layer validation
    • rawArc - String - Raw Architect project manifest string, intended for testing; providing this will ignore your local manifest
    • region - String - Sets default AWS region; overrides default, but is overridden by AWS_REGION env var

    Returns results via callback, or returns a promise if callback is falsy, and resolves with results.

    Inventory object

    Inventory returns an object containing two parameters: inv (the project inventory object) and get (a getter helper for querying resources).


    The inventory object contains the entirety of a project's data, including Architect defaults, project defaults, inferred resources, userland settings layered from the project and function levels, local preferences, etc. An inventory object should be considered the source of truth about the state of your project, and should not be directly mutated.

    Top-level inventory parameters that start with an underscore (e.g. _arc, _project) denote project metadata or internal diagnostic data; all other parameters represent userland project resources.

    In a project inventory, null values are used as placeholders for known values or options that were not user-defined. The existence of a non-null value can be inferred as a user having specifically defined a setting. For example: arc.http: null can be construed as the user having not defined an @http pragma. This rule has some exceptions:

    • A handful of settings that must be backfilled if not supplied
      • Example:, which is required by the aws-sdk to function, and will be backfilled if not defined
    • Pragmas that infer other pragmas
      • Example: while @static can be defined on its own without any other pragmas, the existence of @http infers @static
      • Thus, the act of adding @http will necessarily make inv.static non-null
    • Settings that generate related resources
      • Example: DynamoDB streams can be defined in @tables with stream true; Inventory would interpret a table with stream true as a new inv['tables-streams'] resource and thus make inv['tables-streams'] non-null
    • Lambda handlerFile file path property is present even if the file is not
      • This differs from Lambda configFile file path properties, which will be null if no file is present
      • This exception is namely because some workflows may need the computed default handler path (example: when running arc create)


    You do not need to use the get helper to use a project's inventory, but get does make it much easier to check for the existence of resources, or find specific resources.

    The get helper works as such: get.{pragma or property}('parameter or name of resource'). (Not including a parameter or resource name will fail in most cases.)


    get /
    event             // Returns my-app; same as accessing ``
    get.http('get /')     // Returns `get /` resource data
    get.http('get /foo')  // Returns undefined
    get.http()            // Returns undefined
    get.static('folder')  // Returns 'public' (default inferred by existence of @http); same as accessing ``'event')   // Returns `event` resource data
    get.tables('data')    // Returns undefined

    aws-sdk caveat

    Inventory conditionally requires aws-sdk if being used with the env param (e.g. await inventory({ env: true })). Early versions of Inventory included aws-sdk in peerDependencies, which prior to npm 7 would not automatically install aws-sdk. This is because Architect assumes you already have aws-sdk installed via Architect, or that it's available at runtime if you're using Inventory in a Lambda.

    However, npm 7 (once again) changed the behavior of peerDependencies, now automatically installing all peerDependencies (instead of merely printing a reminder). This means any Lambdas that use Inventory would get a >50MB dependency payload if deployed on a machine with npm 7.

    As such, Inventory now errors if the env param is set, and aws-sdk is not installed. We are sorry to make this a userland issue, but we feel this is preferable to unnecessarily and invisibly causing aws-sdk to be installed in Lambdas.




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