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simple text protocol command server


cmdsrv is a simple text protocol server that allows you to easily define the protocol and it's handlers.

The goal of cmdsrv is to be a very simplistic way to create your own text based protocol (like the memcached protocol).

git clone git://
cd ./cmdsrv
npm install
npm install cmdsrv
var cmdsrv = require("cmdsrv");
var data = {};
var server = new cmdsrv();
server.on("get", function(connection, key){
    // `connection` is just a normal `net.Socket` connection 
    var result = data[key] || "";
    connection.write("RESULT " + result + "\r\n");
server.on("set", function(connection, key, value){
    data[key] = value;

This is the constructor for cmdsrv and should be invoked as new cmdsrv().

  • port - which port to bind to when calling start (default: 3223)
  • delimiter - which character to split each command on (default: " ")
  • bound - which character is used as word boundaries (default: '"')
  • caseSensitive - whether or not the commands should be case sensitive, this means that "GET" and "get" will both be emitted as "get" (default: false)
  • tokenizer - a function(line, delimiter, bound) which returns a list of tokens for the line, if tokenizer is undefined then no tokenization will occur and only the line event will be emitted (default: see lib/tokenizer.js)

Received commands are emitted to any handlers listening for that command.

command is the command you want to be able to handle with handler. For example, "get" would mean that handler gets called for each call to the "get" command.

If caseSensitive == true then "GET" !== "get"

handler is a function which gets called every time the command is seen.

The definition for handler will be (connection, [arg1, arg2, ...]), where connection is the client connection (useful for sending responses back with connection.write(data)) and the args are the arguments sent with the command. For example if the client sent the command "get hello" then the function definition for handler might look like function(connection, key) where connection is the net.Socket of the user who sent the command and key is "hello".

Start the server.

An options callback that gets called when the server is listening.

  • error - this is simply the client connection error event being bubbled up to the server. listener definition: function(error)
  • line - this is called with each raw line (not split on delimiter or command lowered, etc). listener definition: function(connection, line)
  • connection - this is called with each new connection. listener definition function(connection)
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