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    Lightweight, zero-dependency library to lint file paths in a project.

    1. ❔ But Why?
    2. ❤ Neat Things
    3. ⚙ Installing
    4. 🛠 Configuration
      1. Configuration File
      2. Built-in Naming Convention Support
      3. Linting Severity
      4. Ignoring Parts of Paths
      5. Example Config
    5. 🔄 Usage
    6. 👦 Contributing
    7. 👨 Authors
    8. 📄 License
    9. 📈 Future Improvements
    10. 📣 Shout-outs

    1. ❔ But Why?

    Consistency is always the best teacher

    Well, my therapist says that I'm a bit too keen on static analysis. I can't really help it though, so recently, I started to look for a way to enforce a file naming convention for a big software project.

    The NPM registry is not overly saturated with solutions to this problem, and the ones I found left me hungry for more. Some way or the other, there was always something bothering me.

    For a while, I also wanted to do some open source project on my own, just for the sake of trying myself in this game.
    So here it is!

    It is currently ~7kb in size, comes with no dependencies. The size could be smaller, I sacrificed it a bit on the altar of structural well-being.


    2. ❤ Neat Things

    • ~7kb package size
    • no dependencies
    • supports file extension linting
    • supports different naming convention per folder
    • did I say it's flexible? It uses regular expressions, after all
    • 100% test coverage

    3. ⚙ Installing

    path-linter should be added as a devDependency:

    npm install --save-dev @attilagyongyosi/path-linter


    yarn add --dev @attilagyongyosi/path-linter

    4. 🛠 Configuration

    path-linter needs a JSON configuration file somewhere in your project where you specify your linting rules.

    You can specify different linting rules for different directories in your project. Rules can either be a regular expression or one of the built-in naming conventions that path-linter supports out of the box.

    4.1 Configuration File

    Place a file named path-linter.json, .path-linter.json or .pathlinterrc in your project root and path-linter will detect them automatically.

    If your configuration is placed elsewhere or named otherwise, you can specify it with the --config <config-file-path> CLI switch. See 5. Usage.

    4.2 Built-in Naming Convention Support

    path-linter supports the following naming conventions, so you don't need to configure a regular expression for them:

    • kebab-case

    4.3 Linting Severity

    You can configure linting severity in the top-level severity configuration property.

    It is error by default which will fail the linting process when file path do not adhere to configured conventions, or can be warning to just log warnings on failing files.

    4.4 Ignoring Parts of the Paths

    There are situations where you want to skip certain parts of a file path and not have them linted.

    One common example would be when you want your paths to adhere to kebab-case naming but you also use Jest for testing. Jest mocks need to be in a directory called __mocks__ which break the linting rule.

    To accommodate this situation, you can specify an ignore property for a linting rule config. This property should be an array of strings and path-linter will ignore these substrings in file paths.

    4.5 Example Config

        "colorize": true,
        "severity": "warning",
        "rules": [{
            "directory": "src",
            "rule": "kebab-case",
            "ignore": [ "__tests__", "__mocks__" ]
        }, {
            "directory": "tests",
            "rule": ".*\\.spec\\.ts"

    You can also find an example in sample-config.json.

    5. 🔄 Usage

    Wire it into your NPM scripts in package.json.
    For example:

        "scripts": {
            "lint:paths": "path-linter --config some-config.json --colorize"

    Then you can execute it with

    npm run lint:paths


    yarn lint:paths

    --config <path>
    Specifies the relative path to a configuration file. If not specified, the library will try to look up a path-linter.json file in the project root.

    Enables colorization for the console output.
    This can also be set in the configuration file's colorize property.

    6. ‍👦 Contributing

    Feel free to open issues or pull requests if you have some improvement on the library. I'm open to everything!

    7. 👨 Authors

    8. 📄 License

    This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE.md file for details

    9. 📈 Future Improvements

    • Support for programmatic usage
    • Support for opt-in path auto-fixing
    • Support for camelCase, dot.notation and snake_case

    10. 📣 Shout-outs


    npm i @attilagyongyosi/path-linter

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