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epipebomb

EPIPE Bomb

By default, node throws EPIPE errors if process.stdout is being written to and a user runs it through a pipe that gets closed while the process is still outputting (eg, the simple case of piping a node app through head).

This seemed a little overzealous to me, so I wrote this to suppress such errors.

Before

example.js

;(function log() {
  console.log('tick')
  process.nextTick(log)
})()

Oh the humanity

$ node example.js | head
tick
tick
tick
tick
tick
tick
tick
tick
tick
tick
 
events.js:66
        throw arguments[1]; // Unhandled 'error' event
                       ^
Error: write EPIPE
    at errnoException (net.js:782:11)
    at Object.afterWrite (net.js:600:19)

After

example.js

require('epipebomb')()
 
;(function log() {
  console.log('tick')
  process.nextTick(log)
})()

Oh the joy!

$ node example.js | head
tick
tick
tick
tick
tick
tick
tick
tick
tick
tick

CLI usage (Node 4.x and up)

Require epipebomb/register from the command line

node -r epipebomb/register some-script.js | head

or use epipebomb as a drop-in replacement for node

epipebomb some-script.js | head

Notes

Only the EPIPE error is captured on process.stdout - all other errors are thrown as per usual.