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    Generate files and folders from a template file.


    Use this module when:

    • Generating repetitive boilerplate project structures
    • Writing unit tests with file and folder operations


    npm install dirgen -g


    # Development should be done by getting this module's
    # full content from git repository
    # Use webpack to watch files
    npm run watch
    # Run the build command for 'dirgen-cli-entry.js'
    # to be generated before running dirgen
    npm run build


    Create a text file with the following contents and give it a name of 'the-template-file.txt':



    Command Line Usage:

    dirgen g 'the-template-file.txt' '/where-you-want-output-folder'

    'Require' Usage:

    The following is an equivalent to the above but is required as a module in a JavaScript file

    import dirgen from 'dirgen';
      template: '/location-of/the-template-file.txt',
      output: '/folder-location-for-generated-files-or-folders'
      options: {
        // The following two keys in the 'option' key below are optional
        // and are command options which
        // have values opposite of the settings default
        hideMessages: true,
        forceOverwrite: false,
      // 'on' is also optional and it allows
      // for informational callbacks to execute with 'done' or 'line'
      on: {
        // 'done' is called when all files and folder are finished generating
        // or when there is an early return with an error condition
        done: (results, logOutput) => {
          // Example format of 'results'
          // Errors and warnings will contain a collection
          // of error and warning message strings respectively
          // {
          //   errors: [],
          //   warnings: []
          // }
          // Example format of 'logOutput'
          // {
          //   generated: 1,
          //   notGenerated: 0,
          //   repeats: [],
          //   skipped: 0,
          //   overwritten: {
          //    file: 0,
          //    folder: 0
          //   }
          // }
        // 'line' gets called on every content line processed
        line: (stat) => {
          // Example format of 'stat'
          // Generated:    Line #1 (File): <line-content>

    Console output:

     Warning: Line #3: '//sd,ss', has illegal characters which has been
      replaced, resulting in 'sd,ss'.
     Warning: Line #8: 'ygvhg', of file type is a repeated line and was
     not generated. First appearance of sibling is on line #6.
     Warning: Line #10: '/fsfa', of folder type is a repeated line and
     was not generated . First appearance of sibling is on line #9.
     Template info: 10 total lines (10 content, 0 blanks)
     Template read: 0 errors and 3 warnings
     Creation count: 8 generated, 2 not generated, 0 skipped
     Generation failures: 0 write errors
     Write time: 35262057 nanoseconds


    Template file:

    Template files provide the hierarchy of structure which explains the nesting of files and folders. These files are plain textual files.

    Indentation: Determines what file or folder types should be on the same folder level. Same indentation level between two lines means that the lines are siblings assuming that the two have the same parent.

    White space characters such as tabs or spaces define the indentations. However, only one type of white space character can be used at any one time in a single template file.

    Lines: All non-blank lines will be counted towards the generation if the line is valid for generation.

    Structure Type: File: A content line without a folder marker (forward slash) will be identified as a file line and if it has not been skipped.


    Folder: A content line with a folder marker (forward slash) at the beginning of the line will be identified as a folder type. A folder line can also signify having a later line with a greater indent than the folder line.

    It might be desirable to use the explicit 'slash'
    syntax to intend for an empty folder to be created
    among all the files that are created at the same level.


    Template info:

      Lines that have characters which are non-white space. These lines
      may or may not be generated.
      Lines that are white-space only characters or have no characters
      at all. These lines are never generated.

    Template read:

      Upon one or more errors, there will be no
      generated file or folders.
      Warning lines that are correctable such as having non-permissible
      characters can be sanitized and generated, but incorrect lines
      such as duplicated line content will be not be generated.

    Creation count:

      Lines that were read and were successfully created
    Not generated:
      Lines that produced a warning that may or may
      not have been generated.
      Lines that were skipped because they already exists. By default,
      existing files and folders are not overwritten to prevent data lost.
    'Generated', 'Not generated', and 'Skipped counts' add up to the
    total line count of the template file.

    Generation failures: Failures occur when a valid line creation attempt did not go through. The generation failures count towards the "Skipped" of "Creation count".

    Write time: The time taken to write all the files and folders. Will yield "0" when at least one error has occurred on reading the template file because nothing will be generated.


    For a demo of Dirgen, run 'dirgen demo' on the command line and look at the output in the 'demo/example-output' folder under the root of the Dirgen module folder.

    CLI Usage:

    dirgen [command] [command parameters] [options]

    Command and Parameters:

    generate (g | gen)

    [template] (required)
    The text file provided for generation
    Ex: "/some-directory/my-file-template.txt"
    [output directory] (required)
    The destination path for where the generated files or
    folder should go.
    Ex: dirgen g [template] [output directory]


    Shows an example of how a template file is used
    to generate files and folders inside the /demo folder
    of the Dirgen NPM module.
    Ex: dirgen demo

    version (v)

    Displays what is the edition of this module.
    Ex: dirgen v

    help (h)

    Displays general information for this module.
    Ex: dirgen h



    Overwrite files and directories even if they already exist. Default behavior is to not use this option as a safety measure.


    Suppress the actual warnings and errors messages from showing up in the console. The count of warnings and errors will still be shown in the generation output information.




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