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Idier: Make your projects folder tidier

Background on why this tool exists.

Idier is a tool that moves top-level folders into a specially named folder called _Archive if the files in those folders have not been modified recently.

This tool is meant to automatically tidy up your "projects folder": that bucket of folders probably everyone has. Perhaps you produce music and have a folder with all of your song projects. Or a coder with lots of git repos. Or folders for each of your graphic design clients. Using this tool will reduce the clutter and decision making process.

How Does It Work?

Given a root folder (defaults to current working directory), look at all the files and their relative mtimes (days since last modified). Group them all into top-level folders, taking the newest mtime of all the children per folder. If the newest relative mtime is more than the configured number of days (defaults to 180 days), then move the folder into the configured archive folder (defaults to _Archive). It ignores bare files without a folder, as well as some typical non-user files, like .git or node_modules.


An example is probably better than words:

$ ls
drwxr-xr-x   16 drew  staff   512B Jan  8 23:14 .
drwxr-xr-x+ 138 drew  staff   4.3K Jan  4 23:33 ..
-rw-r--r--@   1 drew  staff    22K Jan  8 23:03 .DS_Store
drwxr-xr-x  161 drew  staff   5.0K Jan  8 23:14 _Archive
drwxr-xr-x   14 drew  staff   448B May 12  2019 project01
drwxr-xr-x   17 drew  staff   544B Jul 14 23:10 project02
drwxr-xr-x   19 drew  staff   608B Oct  5 20:09 project03
drwxr-xr-x   13 drew  staff   416B Oct 17  2010 project04
drwxr-xr-x@  14 drew  staff   448B Jul 24 21:33 project05
drwxr-xr-x@  18 drew  staff   576B Sep  2 19:45 project06
drwxr-xr-x   14 drew  staff   448B Jan  3 00:18 project07
drwxr-xr-x    9 drew  staff   288B Jan  4 17:19 project08
drwxr-xr-x@  26 drew  staff   832B Oct 27 16:59 project09
drwxr-xr-x   14 drew  staff   448B Jan  7 02:23 project10
$ npx @kirbysayshi/idier
Analyzed 1221 files in 10 projects in 00m00s150ms

Projects untouched for more than 180 days:
  project01 (241 days ago) -> WILL ARCHIVE

Archive above projects? y/N: y
moving /Users/drew/Projects/project01 -> /Users/drew/Projects/_Archive/project01

By default, an "untouched" project is one unmodified for more than 180 days. This is configurable, along with other options:

$ npx @kirbysayshi/idier

idier: Move projects untouched for more than 180 days to /Users/drew/Projects/_Archive!

  --age [days]          Archive projects if files have been untouched for this many days
                          (current: 180)
  --root [path]         Use this directory as the root for project folders
                          (current: /Users/drew/Projects/)
  --archive [path]      Use this directory as the Archive folder
                          (current: /Users/drew/Projects/_Archive)
  --yes / -y            Do not prompt the user to confirm the archive.
                          (current: false)
  --projects            Print the list of projects and their ages, then exit.
                          (current: false)

Contributing / Development

This project uses @spotify/web-scripts for build, test, lint, auto-format, and release.

Use yarn commit so that semantic-release knows when to release during master builds!






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