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connect-chokidar

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Middleware to watch files and remove require.cache on change, making nodemon unnecessary.

Motivation

Sometimes restarting the entire process when a file changes (as with nodemon) takes too long or is undesirable. This is often the case with "universal" web applications, where the code which runs both on the client and server is already hot-reloaded with webpack. In such apps we sometimes have server-only code (such as a GraphQL server or a RESTful API). Restarting the entire server with nodemon would mean forcing webpack to have to take time to rebuild, loosing the benefits of hot reloading.

This module saves that time by specifically only removing files from the require.cache (a cache that require() uses on every call) when a change to one of the files on the file system is detected.

Usage

const createWatcher = require('connect-chokidar');
 
const watchMiddleware = createWatcher(`${__dirname}`, {
  // `process.env.NODE_ENV === 'development'` will be used as the default
  // when this is `false`, no file watching will be done and your middleware
  // will be executed with minimal interference
  isDevEnv: process.env.NODE_ENV === 'development',
 
  // Only the filenames that are in the regexp below will be deleted
  // from `require.cache` when files change
  requireCacheToRemoveRe: /\/src\//,
 
  // `usePolling: true` is usually necessary with NFS (and, for me, in docker for mac)
  // other `chokidar` opts can also be provided here
  chokidar: {
    usePolling: true,
  },
});
 
//...
 
const app = connect(); // or express()
 
// Now is the trickier bit, you'll have to `require()` all of the files that your
// local middleware or router depend on. This is because if we required it on top,
// the router / middleware would always refere to that instance and there would be
// no way of clearing it.
 
app.use('/auth', watchMiddleware(() => require('../auth/router')));
 
app.use(
  '/api',
  watchMiddleware(() => {
    const midA = require('./middlewareA');
    const apiRouter = require('./api/router');
    return [midA, apiRouter];
  }),
);
 
app.use(
  '/hello',
  watchMiddleware(() => {
    const midA = require('./middlewareA');
    return [
      midA,
      (req, res) => {
        res.end('world');
      },
    ];
  }),
);

Debug-logging

Run your process with the NODE_DEBUG=connect-chokidar environment variable set.

Inspiration

https://codeburst.io/dont-use-nodemon-there-are-better-ways-fc016b50b45e

License

MIT

Install

npm i connect-chokidar

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