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A replacement for process.exit that ensures stdio are fully drained before exiting.

To make a long story short, if process.exit is called on Windows, script output is often truncated when pipe-redirecting stdout or stderr. This module attempts to work around this issue by waiting until those streams have been completely drained before actually calling process.exit.

See Node.js issue #3584 for further reference.

Tested in OS X 10.8, Windows 7 on Node.js 0.8.25 and 0.10.18.

Based on some code by @vladikoff.

Getting Started

Install the module with: npm install exit

var exit = require('exit');
// These lines should appear in the output, EVEN ON WINDOWS. 
// process.exit(5); 
// These lines shouldn't appear in the output. 

Don't believe me? Try it for yourself.

In Windows, clone the repo and cd to the test\fixtures directory. The only difference between log.js and log-broken.js is that the former uses exit while the latter calls process.exit directly.

This test was done using cmd.exe, but you can see the same results using | grep "std" in either PowerShell or git-bash.

C:\node-exit\test\fixtures>node log.js 0 10 stdout stderr 2>&1 | find "std"
stdout 0
stderr 0
stdout 1
stderr 1
stdout 2
stderr 2
stdout 3
stderr 3
stdout 4
stderr 4
stdout 5
stderr 5
stdout 6
stderr 6
stdout 7
stderr 7
stdout 8
stderr 8
stdout 9
stderr 9
C:\node-exit\test\fixtures>node log-broken.js 0 10 stdout stderr 2>&1 | find "std"


In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using Grunt.

Release History

2013-11-26 - v0.1.2 - Fixed a bug with hanging processes.
2013-09-26 - v0.1.1 - Fixed some bugs. It seems to actually work now!
2013-09-20 - v0.1.0 - Initial release.


Copyright (c) 2013 "Cowboy" Ben Alman
Licensed under the MIT license.