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💎 @fab/compile

yarn global add @fab/compile
npm install -g @fab/compile
  -i, --input=input          [default: .fab/intermediate] Intermediate FAB directory
  -b, --build-dir=build-dir  [default: .fab/build] Working FAB directory
  -o, --output=output        [default: fab.zip] Output FAB file

FAB Intermediate Directory

@fab/compile operates on an "intermediate directory", by default located at .fab/intermediate, consisting of the following:

  ├── _server
  │   ├──index.js       (server entry point)
  │   ├──production-settings.json
  │   └── **            (any other files needed for compilation)
  ├── _assets           (directory of assets for this release)
      └── **            (all files passed through untouched)
  └── **/*              (any other assets handled as "public")

_assets vs public assets

Any file that's not in _server or _assets will be treated as a "public asset". During compilation, these files are fingerprinted and copied into the FAB under the _assets/_public directory, and server code is injected to map the old paths to the new ones:

// .fab/intermediate/some-dir/some-file.xyz
//             copied to:
// .fab/build/_assets/_public/some-dir/some-file.a7b29c34fd.xyz

const render = async (request, settings) => {
  if (pathMatches(request, '/some-dir/some-file.xyz')) {
    // Fetch the asset using its /_assets/_public URL
    const response = await fetch(`https://your.app/_assets/_public/some-dir/some-file.a7b29c34fd.xyz`)
    // Delete its cache control header, since only _assets 
    // are safe to cache forever
    // Pass through the response
    return response
  // For all other requests, forward them to your app as expected
  return your_app.render(request, settings)

This has a nice consequence—any static asset file structure can be compiled to a FAB, but those that make proper use of the _asset directory will have far better performance and caching behaviour.

_server/index.js and _server/production-settings.json

These two files get compiled together to produce the two exports for a FAB's server.js file: render and getProdSettings. This process is done using a minimal Webpack configuration, so require-ing other files (potentially generated ones) is supported, but more complex source transformations (like using Babel) are not. If needed, pre-compile your source code before placing it in .fab/intermediate.



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