Parse dependants given a module, a root and an import syntax


Utility to recursively fetch dependant modules by parsing require syntaxes targeting a specified local module using a given a root directory and an import expression regex.

While writing a custom watch-build tool I needed some quick and dirty way to figure out which modules depended on the file that changed would be emitted to in order to avoid re-compiling every file in the codebase at every change.

This tool is easily extensible to work with most pre-processors & syntaxes as long as their import command can be expressed with a regular expression and the modules are located relatively to the target file.

By now Stylus and CommonJS regexes are available by default in this module.

npm install dependants-parser

Test with Mocha by running

npm test

Considering the following tree:

├── index.js
└── stylus
    ├── root.styl
    └── target.styl


@import 'target.styl'


var dependants = require('dependants-tree');
var out = dependants.findSync(
    './stylus/target.styl',     // Target dependency
    './stylus',                 // Modules root
    dependants.patterns.stylus  // Import expression regex
// [ 'abs/path/to/stylus/root.styl' ]

Returns an array containing absolute paths of all modules that depend on filepath found in root, given an import expression syntax.

  • [ filepath ] - Path to target module. This needs to be the real filename.
  • [ root ] - Directory to recursively scan for dependants.
  • [ importRegex ] - Import syntax expression. Used to parse out a file's dependency.
  • [ match ] - (Optional) Filename match expression. Use to filter files to scan.

Contains simple ready-to-use regexes for local import syntaxes

  • stylus - @import 'module` syntax for Stylus
  • commonjs - @import 'module` syntax for CommonJS requires

It would be great to provide import syntaxes for other languages / pre-processors (LESS, SASS, SCSS, Jade, Handlebars) this module could be used for.

Please feel free to drop a pull request if you're using this module with a custom expressions or improving the current ones / writing more tests.

Regexes are tested in test/regexes.js.